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Can We Decipher the Secrets of an Abandoned Lot?

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the weeds.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Can We Decipher the Secrets of an Abandoned Lot?

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Has this happened to you?

I was driving down Main Street, past the usual lineup of dilapidated stores and empty lots, when something caught my eye. A for sale sign, old and beaten, hung on a rusty chain-link fence, looking like a leftover decoration from another era. The lot it claimed was a wild mess--weeds overtaking the cracked concrete, like nature slowly erasing a mistake.

Now, as an economic developer, it's my job to sniff out hidden gems, to see potential where others just see a mess. But this spot? It had me scratching my head.

I parked, grabbed my notebook, and walked up to the sign. The letters were faded, just shy of legible, teasing me with their mystery. I squinted, cocked my head, tried snapping a photo to digitally enhance later -- nothing worked. It might as well have been in code.

I whipped out my phone to pull up any online listing I could find. Nothing on Google, the realtor's website, or LoopNet. Not a trace. It was as though this piece of land had opted out of the 21st century. No fliers, no brochures, nothing.

It felt like this property was deliberately keeping its secrets, hidden away from prying eyes and eager developers.

Raw land isn't an economic development asset, we need developable sites. Luckily the difference between an overgrown lot, and a site is information.

So I built Sitehunt.

Book a demo, and I'll show you how it works.

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Founder/Host of Econ Dev Show. Also: Sitehunt CEO and economic development consultant in Greater Houston, Texas.


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