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With support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Loveland partnered with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to update our platform, gather data, provide our technology to government, nonprofit, and community groups, and organize property surveys across Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio.
The projects conducted took various forms, from a citywide survey of Cleveland, to a vacant housing survey of Cincinnati, to neighborhood surveys in Columbus, with various groups and individuals in each city continuing to use the tools for projects big and small.
In 2014, Detroit knew it had a blight problem - but nobody knew exactly how many structures were vacant. Because good data is crucial to good decision-making, Loveland Technologies teamed up with Data Driven Detroit and the Blight Elimination Task Force led by Dan Gilbert to conduct an ambitious survey: photograph and evaluate every single property within Detroit's 139 square miles. 200 Detroiters used Loveland’s parcel mapping technology and property surveying app to get the job done. Data from this unprecedented effort led to hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding allocated to blight removal and demolitions, as well as providing valuable information to City Hall, developers, and neighborhood groups about the state of their city.
History will marvel that Detroit’s most intense period of displacement and property damage happened in the 21st century through a misguided tax foreclosure and auction system that traded money in the short-term for long-lasting damage to people and property. Loveland cut against the political grain to show what is happening and how it can be changed through better outreach and better policy. Local government and organizations use data from Landgrid and the mobile app to visit people facing foreclosure, understand their situation, connect them to the resources they need, and advocate for change.
People Are Making Big Money Kicking Detroit Residents Out Of Their Homes (HBO) (featuring a brief appearance by Loveland CEO, Jerry Paffendorf, at the Loveland office in Detroit)
The Genesee County Land Bank and City of Flint needed a custom website where they could host continuously-updated data as well as provide residents a platform where they could easily make maps, look up properties and showcase property surveys as they come in, in real time. Loveland worked with these valuable partners to build a custom site to meet their needs. flintpropertyportal.com
When advocates for Michigan’s 2018 Proposal 2 needed to reach Michiganders all across the state in an effort to change the political gerrymandering laws, they contacted Loveland for a canvassing solution. Approximately 1,000 canvassers used the Loveland Survey App to knock on more than 84,000 doors in a statewide campaign to inform and understand voters. The proposal passed.
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy uses Regrid to collect, visualize, and analyze parcel-based information. This information is shared with collaborators in an interactive map in order to operate, maintain, and develop the Detroit Riverfront and nearby green spaces.
The Delray Community Benefits Coalition used structure and ownership data that was pre-loaded into Regrid to identify where publicly-owned land might be easily assembled. This information was used to determine target areas for green buffers.
Amateurs and Professionals of all types turn to Regrid for simple tools and great data coverage.
Denovo Real Estate, a Detroit-based real estate company, uses Landgrid to research and plan investments, target parcels for acquisition, and track properties they own. Their clients include Recovery Park Farms, who are transforming vacant land into local food production and walkable neighborhoods.
The Lansing Medical Cannabis Guild used Landgrid to find properties that could become medicinal marijuana dispensaries within the restraints set by recent legislation. They imported information and created maps that spatially visualized these locations within the city of Lansing, MI.
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group used Regrid (then "Loveland") software to survey the Bloomfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The data collected will help local nonprofits and residents connect with resources that will improve and repair homes and lead to a more sustainable neighborhood for everyone.
Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation annually surveys properties in their service area and use this data to identify, track, and map vacant properties. They also use Regrid to record the property intervention performed by the Vacant Property Task Force operating in their neighborhood.
Focus:HOPE used Regrid tools to create maps, work plans, and strategize for a three-day event where thousands of volunteers worked on a beautifying initiative. They also utilized the Regrid App to document progress during the event.
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Macon-Bibb County commissioned Regrid to survey property conditions in their Urban Redevelopment Zone, generating data about occupancy and lot maintenance which has been used internally as well as made open to the public. https://www.maconbibbsurvey.com
The Wayne County Treasurer used Regrid tools to survey foreclosed homes and collect useful data that can inform future policies and programs. The Treasurer also uses Regrid to help plan and implement initiatives designed to stabilize neighborhoods.
The Greater Syracuse Land Bank and the Lucas County Land Bank use Regrid to visualize property data, and track inventory and sales.
Friends of Rockaway used Regrid to assess repair needs of hurricane-damaged homes in Rockaway Beach, NY. Their surveyors went door-to-door with the Regrid app to interview homeowners and collect data on the remaining damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.
Detroit Fire Survey: Regrid surveyors visited, photographed, and assessed every structure-damaging fire in the city of Detroit in 2015 using the Regrid platform. This data was used to identify characteristics that increased the likelihood of residential structures catching fire and then find properties in the city that fit this criteria.
Regrid sent a crew to Portland, MI to survey parcels in and around the path of damage left by a tornado. Surveyors assessed the level of damage for each property and the resulting map showed where the parcels most damaged by the tornado were located.