Population Density

Vacant lots can continue to have negative effects on a neighborhood if left neglected. Decreasing property values and increases in crime, which can lead to even more residential and commercial flight from an area, perpetuate the damaging cycle. Each of the target study neighborhoods has experienced at least a 13% population decrease since 1990 (excluding Hyde Park as a comparison neighborhood), with 5 of the 9 having declines over 30%. These trends point to the likelihood of vacant lots continuing to be an issue in the future, providing policy makers with not only a strong challenge, but also with the opportunity to create positive change throughout the city.
 
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