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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – August 13, 2015

Written by on August 14, 2015
Homes in New Haven, Connecticut (Credit: Jen Leonard for Center for Community Progress,  2014)

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 A…

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Baltimore and Detroit get aggressive with nuisance properties

Written by on August 7, 2015
Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference.  With a staggering 84,000-plus 90,000 vacant properties — nearly a quarter of all properties in the city — Detroit is dealing with blight on a scale unknown anywhere else in the country. Baltimore, a much…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – July 31, 2015

Written by on July 31, 2015
Vacant land in Detroit, MI (Credit: Luke Telander for Community Progress)

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 The…

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The Mary Poppins of legacy cities? Or, why I moved from New Orleans to Detroit

Written by on July 30, 2015
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“Where are you going, miss?” “Home.” It has been six months since I moved from New Orleans to Detroit, and a question I’ve struggled with is, “Where is home?” Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, however, I found my answer. I drove to Windsor, Ontario, for a short day trip to see the Detroit…

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Inequality in America’s housing: 5 findings from the State of the Nation’s Housing Report

Written by on July 27, 2015
The State of the Nation's Housing

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University recently released its annual State of the Nation’s Housing report. The report takes a sweeping look at housing trends in America, finding an increasingly competitive rental market and falling homeownership numbers. The report also provides compelling data depicting the sober reality of social and racial inequality in our nation’s housing.…

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Michigan 2015 mid-year legislative update

Written by on July 23, 2015
Michigan State Capitol (Credit: Jan Davis Ruthig)

This is a new monthly 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! The 2015-2016 Session of the Michigan Legislature kicked off on January 14, 2015. The Michigan House of…

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Can Detroit’s vacant factories become community assets?

Written by on July 22, 2015
Detroit’s Fisher Body Plant 21 has been vacant since 1993. (Photo by Andrew Jameson)

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Heading east along I-94 from Detroit’s resurgent Midtown area, two massive structures loom on the horizon. For passing drivers, they’re awe-inducing symbols of both the city’s former industrial might and the dismaying scale of its post-industrial challenges. The Fisher…

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Headlines – The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – July 17, 2015

Written by on July 17, 2015
City Sculpture in Detroit, MI (Credit: Robert Sestok)

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 Reinvention…

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How the zombie house crisis mutated and what cities are doing about it

Written by on July 10, 2015
AP Photo/Mike Groll

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Are there more zombies in our city than ever before, or are we just paying more attention to them? “Zombie properties” is a clever name to describe residential buildings that are neither alive nor dead: They are caught in…

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Dollars and sense: The search for sustainable land bank funding

Written by on July 7, 2015
Land Banks and Land Banking Cover

Frank Alexander, in his newly released second edition of Land Banks and Land Banking, talks about well-run land banks as nimble, flexible tools. No two land banks are exactly the same, as each is adapted to its own particular local conditions. If there is one common challenge that binds together nearly all of the estimated 120 land banks nationwide, however, it would probably be…

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