Community Progress Blog

RVP Sneak Peek: Farms and Forests

Written by on August 4, 2016
Credit: Baltimore  Green Space

At the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, participants have the chance to see firsthand all the great work underway in the host city. We call these experiences Mobile Workshops, and they are the highlight of the Conference for many attendees. (Spaces are limited, though, so make sure to register ASAP to reserve your spot.) One of our workshops this year,  “Farms…

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RVP Sneak Peek: Turning around Sandtown

Written by on July 29, 2016
Mural in Sandtown

At the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, participants have the opportunity to see firsthand all the great work underway in the host City. We call these experiences Mobile Workshops, and they are the highlight of the Conference for many attendees. (Spaces are limited, though, so make sure to register ASAP to reserve your spot.) One of this year’s Mobile Workshops, “Turning…

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RVP Sneak Peek: Greening a Rail Corridor

Written by on July 19, 2016
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At the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, participants have the chance to see first-hand all the great work underway in the host City. We call these experiences Mobile Workshops, and they are the highlight of the Conference for many attendees. (Spaces are limited, though, so make sure to register ASAP to reserve your spot.) One of our workshops…

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RVP Sneak Peek: Baltimore’s Vacants to Value

Written by on July 19, 2016
Credit: Vacants to Value

At the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, participants have the chance to see first-hand all the great work underway in the host City. We call these experiences Mobile Workshops, and they are the highlight of the Conference for many attendees. (Spaces are limited, though, and the first session of the workshop highlighted below is almost sold out. So,…

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Bringing Michigan’s land bank leaders together in rural Marquette County

Written by on July 18, 2016
Participants at Learning Exchange

Land bank leaders gathered in Marquette, Michigan, last month, on June 13-14th, for the third annual Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit. The event drew over 40 participants, representing over 20 land banks. This year, the Michigan Association of Land Banks also invited participants from counties interested in starting a land bank to join the discussion…

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July 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on July 7, 2016
Big July MI Leg Update July

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! To see an updated list of all legislation we’re tracking and the status of each bill, click here (PDF).  …

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – July 1, 2016

Written by on July 1, 2016
“This Home Is Not For Sale” project (Credit: Bruce Silcox)

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! National Did…

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Heirs’ Property, Part II: Providing legal aid in rural South Carolina to build family wealth and prevent vacancy

Written by on June 30, 2016
Farmhouse CROP

This is Part II of our series on heirs’ property. See Part I, “Preventing ‘tangled titles’ and subsequent blight in Philadelphia” here. What happens to a property after its owner has passed on? In many cases, if the owner doesn’t leave a will, the answer may be unclear, leaving the property with a clouded title and an…

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Heirs’ Property, Part I: Preventing “tangled titles” and subsequent blight in Philadelphia

Written by on June 28, 2016
Norman James, a client of Philly VIP's tangled title project, & his house

This is Part I of our series on heirs’ property. See Part II, “Providing legal aid in rural South Carolina to build family wealth and prevent vacancy” here. What happens to a property after its owner has passed on? In many cases, if the owner doesn’t leave a will, the answer may be unclear, leaving the…

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New report analyzes New Orleans’ rising rental costs

Written by on June 22, 2016
New Orleans Homes

New Orleans has undergone many transformations in the 10+ years since Katrina. Today, with over half of New Orleans’ residents living in rental housing, and rents rising sharply in many neighborhoods across the city, affordability is becoming an acute problem. These are the findings of a new independent assessment conducted by the Center for Community Progress and commissioned…

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