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Help Fight Blight!
The Fight Blight initiative is working hard to combat and clean-up local businesses with the help of engaged citizens. Blight threatens public safety, lowers property values and degrades quality of life. Jacksonville neighborhoods can become safer, cleaner and more beautiful places for all of us to live if we work together—as One City, One Jacksonville—to fight blight. Use the tools and resources on this page to learn more about Examples of Blight in our city, and How You Can Help in the fight against blight.
What is Blight?
Blight - (noun) an ugly, neglected, or rundown condition of an urban area.
Neighborhood blight refers to the deterioration and decay of neighborhoods in many cities across the country due to neglect, crime or lack of economic support. This can also be referred to as urban decay. As homes or properties fall further into disrepair, they can negatively affect other properties around them. Blight conditions can lower surrounding property values, create havens for crime and illegal activity, and can threaten the public health and safety of a community. Blight is a drag on community energy, a siphon on city vitality, and a strong deterrent to economic investment. It can be a source of despair or cynicism for people who have witnessed the decline of a particular building or neighborhood over time. Eliminating Jacksonville’s blight will dramatically improve the next chapter of the city’s future.
While communities, public leaders and law enforcement across the nation are each taking unique approaches to address the issue of blight in their cities, one common solution incorporates the interest and regular input of active and engaged citizens. With the MyJax mobile app, you can report abandoned houses, overgrown lots and illegal dumping to the City and local authorities as soon as you see it, via your Smartphone, Android or iOS mobile device.
Click here to download the app and stay informed!
*The MyJax App is free and compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Get involved in your community!
Contact the City of Jacksonville’s Fight Blight Director, E. Denise Lee, EDeniseL@coj.net, 630-1874.