The city of Mobile, Alabama, has some big issues hampering its success—income inequality, systemic racism, unregulated real estate. It also has a lot of blight
. Blight is one of those indefinable words that overtakes spaces. It’s litter, graffiti, overgrowth, etc. And Mobile has a lot of all that.
Cities nowadays have great difficulty tackling blight, and that’s usually due to an amalgam of social, political, and cultural problems, which can’t be fixed by any single panacea. And yet, a task force in Mobile decided to tackle its growing blight head-on by looking at it from multiple perspectives. It’s a fascinating case study
in how a city can think in an innovative fashion about a multilayered problem.