Location: * West, Oklahoma
Beat: Blight in northeast Oklahoma City
Position: This reporter explores all aspects of blight in northeast Oklahoma City. The goal is to illuminate the causes and impacts of abandoned and neglected homes, apartment complexes and other structures on the quality of life in these neighborhoods. Coverage includes identifying property ownership and the economics that incentivize boarded up or empty structures; why the city will not or cannot force structures to be rehabilitated and property owners to be penalized; and why the state legislature allowed the realtors association to preempt cities from passing laws that force a crackdown on owners of blighted properties. Importantly, this reporter covers various dimensions of blight, including profiles of people in close proximity to these properties, investigation of the cost barriers of tear-downs, and consequences of schools sitting vacant for a decade.
Skills: Writing; Data; VideographyApply →