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Webcast: Community Progress speaks on vacant properties and land banks at HUD

Written by on April 18, 2014
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In conjunction with the release of HUD’s latest issue of “Evidence Matters,” Kim Graziani and Alan Mallach were invited to speak at HUD’s Quarterly Briefing last week. They were joined by U.S. Representative and Community Progress co-founder Dan Kildee (MI), Yolanda Chavez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, and…

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In honor of Tax Day: A crash course in Tax Foreclosure Reform 101

Written by on April 15, 2014
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In the midst of flurries of W-2s and fingers crossed for refunds, we’re taking the opportunity on this Tax Day to break down a different tax-related challenge: delinquent property tax foreclosure reform. It’s a mouthful, and it can be complex, but tax foreclosure systems have a big impact on the fight to reclaim blighted, vacant…

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Headlines: All the latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – April 4, 2014

Written by on April 3, 2014
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This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement. (Missed the last post? Its archived on our blog.) We offer up highlights here, but follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. And we’re scouring the web so…

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Breaking down deconstruction: What Detroit gained from dismantling instead of destroying

Written by on March 31, 2014
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It might not be immediately obvious, but in the rubble and decay of vacant, dilapidated properties — those that are so far deteriorated, they’ve been slated for demolition — there is much value to be found. That’s where deconstruction comes into the picture. Deconstruction is the process of salvaging the structural components of a blighted…

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Can Youngstown Make It On Its Own?

Written by on March 26, 2014
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Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog Youngstown is a small city in the hills of northeast Ohio, once famous for steelmaking; and sadly, if famous for anything today, for economic distress and population loss. From a peak population of about 175, 000, it’s down today to maybe 65,000. In any event, last…

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Headlines: All the latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – March 20, 2014

Written by on March 20, 2014
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This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement. (Missed the last post? Its archived on our blog.) We offer up highlights here, but follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. And we’re scouring the web so…

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Is gentrification different in Legacy Cities?

Written by on March 10, 2014
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Originally posted on Legacy Cities by American Assembly Most research on revitalizing neighborhoods views them as instances of “gentrification,” the movement of young, often single, professionals into low-income, heavily minority, neighborhoods near urban employment centers. The dominant view in the literature is that low-income and minority residents are pushed out by gentrification as the local culture…

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Headlines: All the latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – March 6, 2014

Written by on March 6, 2014
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This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement. (Missed the last post? Its archived on our blog.) We offer up highlights here, but follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. And we’re scouring the web so…

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Raising the bar in The Big Easy: Remediating 10,000 blighted properties in less than four years

Written by on February 27, 2014
Blighted house in New Orleans. Credit: Chelsea Allinger, Community Progress (2013)

In January 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans had not only met, but actually exceeded a major goal set back in September 2010: remediating 10,000 of the city’s more than 40,000 blighted properties by the end of 2014. The City of New Orleans reached the goal in the first half…

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President’s Preview: Communities across the country are turning to creative board-ups

Written by on February 27, 2014
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Like many of you, I envision a future in which entrenched blight and vacancy in our communities is no more than a bad memory. While we work on the long term, however, communities also need near-term options to keep their residents safe and prevent decline. Lately, several organizations have come to my attention that are…

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