[Talk-us] Abandoned Buildings in Baltimore

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Mon Jan 12 23:45:18 UTC 2015

I discovered that shop=vacant has over 6,000 tags. That actually makes
sense. The building is vacant with a for lease sign. Many are former shops
for example Blockbuster.


On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:18 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>

> On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:49 PM, Elliott Plack <elliott.plack at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> If I were to classify "abandoned" buildings myself, I'd go by the wiki
>> definition which would include buildings that "have fallen into serious
>> disrepair and which could only be put back into operation with expensive
>> effort" [2]. However, if we even include the data, it would only be for
>> buildings the city has identified as vacant.
>> You've raised a good point that it'd be hard to mechanically determine
>> whether a building is abandoned or disused. I'll have to check if the
>> dataset is only for truly abandoned buildings like the ones above.
> Interesting thread. There are 960+ abandoned building tags according to
> taginfo. But only 60 with either vacant or empty. My little town has a
> number of vacant buildings. It might be interesting to see them on a map.
> There maybe a small handful of abandoned by the definition of serious
> disrepair. I suspect a search of tax records to show who owns the property
> might be a clue.
> I have be in contact with the city about importing their building data. I
> will remember to discuss their definition of vacant vs. abandoned.
> Clifford
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