City has gone from most blighted in America to 3rd most blighted, Landrieu administration official says
New Orleans is no longer the most blighted city in America. It's now the 3rd most blighted city in the country, according to a Landrieu administration official, meaning the city is making progress in reducing blight but still has a long way to go.
Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin told the City Council's Housing Committee Monday that two years after the administration set a goal of reducing blight by 10,000 properties, the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center had identified that blight in New Orleans had been reduced by 8,000 properties.
Kopplin says the city has surpassed Flint and Detroit, Michigan, in getting rid of blight.
"New Orleans, among the six most blighted cities in the country, is the only one making reductions in blight," Kopplin said.
Kopplin attributes the reductions in part to tougher code enforcement measures.