Winter 2014 Newsletter

Read the latest issue! News and views on turning vacant and abandoned properties into vibrant places. 

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Join Vacant and Problem Properties Innovators on Linkedin

Discuss critical issues facing your community with others in the field through our new Linkedin group!

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New report! Placemaking in Legacy Cities

Case studies explore how residents and leaders in Buffalo, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Pittsburgh use placemaking to create revitalized public spaces.


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Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

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Building American Cities Toolkit™

Free web-based Toolkit offers practical strategies to transform blighted property to productive reuse.

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Turning Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places

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.


As a national leader on solutions for blight and vacancy, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse. Community Progress provides technical assistance to communities nationwide, hosts the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, and offers numerous other resources and services to help communities transform blighted properties into community assets. Major support for Community Progress is generously provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation. 

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The Community Progress Blog

By the end of this mini crash course in Tax Foreclosure Reform, you’ll understand what delinquent property tax enforcement is, why it matters, and how systems can be improved to help communities revitalize.

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Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices

Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices explores how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets. 

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