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#RVP2015: Hearing your voices at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on May 28, 2015
RVP Installation

At the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference held last week in Detroit, more than 1,100 attendees engaged in meaningful conversations about causes and solutions for vacancy and abandonment. But those conversations weren’t just taking place in meetings rooms. Using #RVP2015 and #RVPMovement, thousands of tweets covered a range of topics, including those highlighted below: Land Banking & Code Enforcement; Arts and Placemaking; Social Equity, Fairness,…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – April 10, 2015

Written by on April 24, 2015
Credit: Vacant Home Tour, 2015.

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! Headlines will…

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Tax Day: A look at tax lien sales in Cuyahoga County

Written by on April 15, 2015
Credit Frank Ford

It’s that time of year again. The time for digging out your W2′s and crossing your fingers for a big refund. That’s right — we’re talking about Tax Day! Last year, in honor of the day, we put out a crash course on delinquent property tax foreclosure. This year, we’re highlighting a new report from the Vacant and…

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Immigration in the Motor City: Explore at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on April 10, 2015
Southwest Detroit (Credit :Ian Freimuth, 2009)

Post-industrial cities throughout the Rust Belt have experienced significant population loss over the last fifty years, leading to unprecedented numbers of vacant and abandoned properties. Immigrants can breathe new life into neighborhoods that have seen disinvestment and abandonment. At the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, participants will have the opportunity to explore immigration and community development in Detroit through a…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – April 10, 2015

Written by on April 10, 2015
Mural in Baltimore, Maryland (Credit: Luke Telander for the Center for Community Progress,  2015)

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!) Alabama City…

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Headlines – The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – March 26, 2015

Written by on March 27, 2015
Flowers (Credit: Jayme Frye, 2009)

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!) Delaware Editorial:…

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Spring cleaning: Vacant lot maintenance through community engagement in Flint

Written by on March 24, 2015
Credit Genesee County Land Bank

Spring is here at last, and for many Legacy City blight fighters, that means one thing – lot mowing and maintenance season. Maintenance, which includes mowing, waste removal, and other activities to keep lots clean and green, can be costly and time consuming. In order to make sure lots are kept up, some cities rely on strong…

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What does it take to eliminate blight? New framework offers a model

Written by on March 19, 2015
Properties in Need of Blight Removal

  The City of Flint Planning Commission recently adopted Beyond Blight: City of Flint Blight Elimination Framework. With a five-year implementation timeline, the Framework uses an in-depth, data-driven approach that brings increased transparency and clarity to the City’s work — and, in so doing, it offers a model other cities can learn from. News release >> Framework summary…

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “We’re part of a movement”

Written by on March 19, 2015
Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, hit the nail on the head when he shared with us his thoughts on the value of the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference: it’s a chance learn from each other but, perhaps just as importantly, it is an opportunity to remember that we aren’t alone in this work. Together, we’re part of…

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

Written by on March 13, 2015
Fruit tree in New Orleans (Credit: Jill G, 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 New…

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