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Distressed buildings in Boston

Last updated: 9/26/17

Distressed buildings in Boston

We put together a survey of distressed buildings in Boston each year. Find out what happens to them.

A distressed building is any type of building that is unoccupied and shows signs of falling apart. This can mean the building is:

  • boarded up
  • burned from a fire
  • exposed to the weather, or
  • showing other signs of deterioration.

We don't count garages and sheds on residential properties. We sometimes count storage buildings if they're distressed and aren't being used.


We'll be doing our next survey this summer and fall. In the meantime, you can contact us if you have more information about a building. For example, if you think a property should be added to or removed from the list. Contact:


Still have questions? Contact:
Neighborhood Development
26 Court Street
8th, 9th, and 11th Floors
Boston, MA 02108-2501
United States

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