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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – January 6, 2017

Written by on January 6, 2017
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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 Wall…

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Celebrating placemaking: The role of arts and culture in community development

Written by on December 14, 2016
24th Street Mini Park

Placemaking, wielded skillfully, is a powerful tool to preserve, respect, lift up, and celebrate the culture of a community in ways that go far beyond aesthetics. Giving placemaking and, within that, arts and culture, a seat at the table when community development decisions are made can help to support more equitable outcomes. This can be…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – December 9, 2016

Written by on December 9, 2016
Scarritt

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 Plywood…

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Why do some cities have so many vacant properties?

Written by on December 1, 2016
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  Tarik Abdelazim, our associate director for National Technical Assistance, wrote this blog post (cross-posted from Breathing Lights) to begin to unpack the causes of vacancy and abandonment for residents of the Capital Region of New York. Although focused on cities in New York, the general trends described below are familiar in many cities around…

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Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms. Complements

Written by on November 22, 2016
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By: Emily Thaden, Kim Graziani, Annie Stup This blog post also appeared on the Shelterforce blog, rooflines.org. “For land banks to get into the affordable housing business, which is a discipline in itself, there could be claims that it’s off mission. But it’s not always off mission, particularly when it comes to improving or emerging…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 17, 2016

Written by on November 17, 2016
Mural

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 What’s…

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It’s rooted in you: Reflecting on the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on November 17, 2016
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Back in September, 1,100 change-makers from 37 states and 5 countries gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the seventh Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Themed “In Service of People and Place,” the conference looked at how work to reclaim vacant properties can improve the wellbeing of residents and the places they call home. As the dust has…

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Where the brave dare not go

Written by on November 2, 2016
Minneapolis

Few topics will kill a conversation faster than inviting a discussion of property taxes. At the same time, however, the efficiency and effectiveness of our local governments and school districts tends to be a favorite topic of discussion. The problem – and challenge – is that these two topics are intricately related. On a national…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 13, 2016

Written by on October 13, 2016
Bright Spot

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 Why…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – August 26, 2016

Written by on August 26, 2016
Tha Flower Factory

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 Affluent…

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