detroit told in a social map of distressed property taxes detroit told in a social map of distressed property taxes
jan 28, 2013

detroit told in a social map of distressed property taxes

‘detroit told in a social map of distressed property taxes’interactive map showing the property tax status of every property in the city of detroit



for the last four months, loveland technologies has been working on an information system: ‘why don’t we own this (WDWOT) – a service that strives to present public details to the public, revealing the truth about detroit property ownership. by providing a social network around detroit property and land ownership, users are given the capabilities to communicate with each other, sharing information, concerns, ideas or repairable homes.


the compilation of data showcases the county’s online tax payment portal, where the tax status of every property in the city is assembled into what is called a ‘tax distress map’. the statistics visually demonstrate that half of detroit is not paying property taxes – where a quarter of the city is eligible for tax foreclosure seen with a revenue gap of $450 million. the interactive service lets you click on any property to see exactly how much each owes – as additional resources, options, and explanations on how to address property taxes are made available.



statistics and property tax status for detroit’s 48205 zip code



custom map of area around corbett Avenue



ownership data layer, showing parcel shapes of every property – city of detroit owned highlighted in purple



individual property page, showing tax status and foreclosure prevention resources

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