Profiles highlighting the accomplishments of our partners across the country
Loveland build a public portal for residents and Land Bank staff, plus custom field survey apps and enterprise data integrations.
In Detroit, tens of thousands of properties face tax foreclosure every year, and one-on-one interaction can make the difference. See how UCHC and Loveland partnered to fight foreclosure.
"Working with the Loveland team has provided us a platform — Landgrid Enterprise — that helps us understand the property data we need to efficiently run an operation like the Land Bank."
We’ve designed Landgrid so that communities and customers of all sizes, from individuals to local neighborhood groups to city- and statewide surveying efforts, can gather information, make maps, and understand the land around them. Here are a few examples out of thousands:
WoodsCamp is an example of an independent app and service that licenses our nationwide parcel data to analyze and serve parcels to its customers: private owners of forested land who want to better understand what they have and how it can be used and preserved. Visitors to the WoodsCamp site can easily find their parcel of property, and the WoodsCamp app calculates the tree coverage on the parcel to make recommendations about how it can be managed.Unlock 148 million parcels
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.How we can partner with you?
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. motorcitymapping.orgMore large-scale survey reports
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
“I'm the pastor of a Catholic parish on the east side of Detroit... I was able to find the initial information about a vacant house across from our church. We bought it, fixed it up and sold it. Also, we bought 7 vacant lots, cleared them of debris, cut the grass and put in 240 grape vines this past spring. After a hundred or so years of having houses on it, the land is now back to farmland, the neighborhood is beautified, it's giving some employment and should produce a nice Cabernet Franc.”
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.
Focus:HOPE used LOVELAND 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 LOVELAND app to to document progress during the event.View a video that documented this initiative
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 Landgrid to record the property intervention performed by the Vacant Property Task Force operating in their neighborhood.
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group used 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.Read more about this project
Milwaukee LISC, using an unlimited Enterprise account, and preparing to get underway distributing group accounts to organizations throughout the city for a variety of projects.
John Cruz at Rise St. Louis writes: "Loveland has helped not just Rise, but so many other organizations in St. Louis to be able to understand the context of our neighborhoods as we work on a path towards more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive development...Loveland has been a tremendous help in being able to challenge our views of our own communities and create dialog around the facts, not simply anecdotal evidence."
Macon-Bibb County commissioned Loveland 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
Detroit Water and Sewage Department uses Landgrid to keep track of which houses have received notices for late payments and other warnings.
The Wayne County Treasurer used LOVELAND tools to survey foreclosed homes and collect useful data that can inform future policies and programs. The Treasurer also uses Landgrid to help plan and implement initiatives designed to stabilize neighborhoods.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro used Landgrid to collect occupancy and condition data for every parcel in several census blocks in North Carolina. They combined this with social, economic, and demographic data to create a market segmentation index that provides insight on how these neighborhoods could move forward.
Students and faculty at San Jose State University used Landgrid to collect data on historic architecture styles in San Jose, CA. They surveyed hundreds of properties in nine different neighborhoods, identifying more than a dozen prominent architectural styles. Read our blog post to learn more
Downtown Detroit Partnership uses Landgrid to survey properties in their service area and manage properties in their business improvement district. These tools allow them to easily collect and organize information on a large number of properties in one easy-to-use space.
The Collabanooga team used Landgrid to visualize Chattanooga's recently adopted Form-Based Code. Their Landgrid map revealed an inconsistency in sidewalk width specification within the downtown Innovation District, and informed their suggestion to widen sidewalks within the District.
As part of the Community Driven Growth project, Loveland facilitated a large resident surveying project with The Real Estate Council and project partners in Dallas, Texas. The goal was to work in three Dallas neighborhoods considered at risk of gentrification - the Bottom, Forest District and West Dallas - to pilot a model of what resident and community driven growth looks like.
The Greater Syracuse Land Bank and the Lucas County Land Bank use Landgrid to visualize property data, and track inventory and sales.
"Working with the Loveland team has provided us a platform — Landgrid Enterprise — that helps us understand the property data we need to efficiently run an operation like the Land Bank." — the Lucas County Land Bank
Friends of Rockaway used Landgrid to assess repair needs of hurricane-damaged homes in Rockaway Beach, NY. Their surveyors went door-to-door with LOVELAND's tools to interview homeowners and collect data on remaining damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. Read our blog post to learn more about this project
Detroit Fire Survey: LOVELAND surveyors visited, photographed, and assessed every structure-damaging fire in the city of Detroit in 2015 using Landgrid. 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.
Portland, MI Survey: LOVELAND 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.
The Delray Community Benefits Coalition used structure and ownership data that was pre-loaded into Landgrid to identify where publicly-owned land might be easily assembled. This information was used to determine target areas for green buffers.
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy uses Landgrid 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.
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.