Web-mapping tool to detail condition of all Columbus properties (and Cleveland and Cincinnati)

By Mark Ferenchik of The Columbus Dispatch:

A new mapping tool will help Columbus residents, businesspeople and community leaders understand the condition of each of the city’s neighborhoods down to individual properties, and its backers hope that it also will help guide development

A $1 million, two-year grant from JP Morgan Chase is paying for a Detroit company to digitize property information in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Loveland Technologies has done similar work in its hometown. Motor City Mapping — www.motorcitymapping.com — allows users to see not only the condition of properties in Detroit’s neighborhoods, but also parcel-by-parcel information that includes whether houses are vacant or burned out or are trash-dumping sites.

“It became very, very popular in Detroit,” said Jerry Paffendorf, Loveland Properties’ executive director. “There was a lot of interest in helping Detroit out. It needed to understand its land grid, needed to understand blight.”

Columbus’ information isn’t that detailed yet.

But if you go to www.3Csmapping.com, you can find general neighborhood and parcel information, which can be updated by users who want to provide more details — “anybody with a spreadsheet of information or anyone who wants to do a neighborhood survey,” Paffendorf said.

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