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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 10, 2017

Written by on November 10, 2017

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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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 27, 2017

Written by on October 26, 2017

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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‘Inside Out’ project shines light on Edison neighborhood and residents

Written by on October 24, 2017

  Information provided by Kelly Clarke, Executive Director, Kalamazoo County Land Bank What is Inside Out, and how did it come to Kalamazoo? Inside Out is a global participatory art project organized by JR, a winner of the 2011 Ted Prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings,”…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 13, 2017

Written by on October 13, 2017

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 Trump…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – September 28, 2017

Written by on September 28, 2017

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 How…

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Kansas City neighborhoods get a boost from pro bono attorneys

Written by on September 25, 2017

By: Peter Hoffman, Rebecca McQuillen, and Kayla Hogan   For thirty years, Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Economic Development Unit has represented grassroots community groups in Kansas City, Missouri’s urban core. In that time, they’ve worked with long-time residents and stakeholders to rehabilitate hundreds of vacant and abandoned properties into safe and affordable housing. These attorneys…

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How to stop predatory land contracts and rent-to-own scams: require habitability

Written by on September 19, 2017

Any views or opinions represented in this blog post belong solely to the guest blog author.  By: Sarah B. Mancini and Margot Saunders, National Consumer Law Center The historical abuse of “contract for deed” transactions to drain communities of color of home equity is well documented. In these land contracts, the would-be homeowner pays principal and…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – September 15, 2017

Written by on September 15, 2017

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 Inside…

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From a shipping container to a solar-powered greenhouse: Arts meets agriculture in Detroit

Written by on September 15, 2017

In Detroit, a recycled shipping container will soon become a community beacon for fresh food, job creation, and arts and culture. Part agricultural, part placemaking, the Liberty Harvest project officially launched in July 2017. It is an initiative spearheaded by Resurge Detroit, a nonprofit with a mission to “tackle blight in the city of Detroit…

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From Randyland to grand new plans: Albany and Flint residents learn from Pittsburgh successes

Written by on September 5, 2017

What can dinosaurs teach us about vacant land? Probably not very much. Dinosaurs are long extinct. Even plastic dino-toys – though ironic – have very little to offer us relative to vacancy or community health. I am surprised one would really even ponder this question. But do you know who can share some important insights…

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