Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Edition

The groundbreaking book by Frank S. Alexander is back with a new second edition that features fresh research and insights

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Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America's Neighborhoods

A national scan of land banks in the United States, featuring seven in-depth land bank portraits 

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Who’s Moving to the Cities, Who Isn’t: Comparing American Cities

A Community Progress research brief by Alan Mallach 

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Land Bank Information Headquarters

Our one-stop hub for information on land banks and land banking, including an interactive map and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in American communities. The mission of Community Progress is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems to transform blighted, vacant, and other problem properties into assets supporting neighborhood vitality.


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New release: Land Banks and Land Banking, Second Edition

The groundbreaking Land Banks and Land Banking, by Frank S. Alexander, is back with a new second edition that features fresh research and insights for practitioners and policy-makers. 

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National Land Banks and Land Bank Programs Map

After the last bell rings, cities explore options for vacant school buildings

Public interest and private investment can come together to create a future for these buildings, bringing new residents, retail and other positive forces to revive neighborhoods previously in trouble. 

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