With a housing market once dubbed “ground zero” for mortgage fraud, Atlanta is still very much in the midst of the foreclosure crisis.
Even the nicest neighborhoods have been hit hard; the anecdotal evidence is everywhere. In poorer neighborhoods, entire blocks are deserted.
We initially had envisioned a series of reports quantifying the number of abandoned homes in a five-county area and explaining the reasons these houses sit neglected.
We brainstormed about which records would indicate a house had been abandoned. We requested past due utility bills, code enforcement violations and unpaid property taxes. In Microsoft Excel, we built individual ...Read more ...