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Was it Blight?

Blight is the process through which a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude. It may feature de-industrialization, depopulation or changing population, restructuring, abandoned buildings, high local unemployment, fragmented families, political disenfranchisement, crime, and a desolate, inhospitable city landscape.

For more information and statistics on blight, see our quick facts page. For suggestions on how to prevent blight, visit this resources page.

What is a BAD Building?

BAD stands for Brownfield, Abandoned, Dilapidated. BAD Buildings are structures and properties that are vacant, uninhabited and in a state of disrepair, whose owner is taking no active steps to bring the property back into functional use.

What is a brownfield?

The US Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) defines a  brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” With over 450,000 estimated brownfields in the U.S., the challenge to transform these properties into more attractive, useable sites is being addressed all over the country.