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Advice for land banks from Cuyahoga Land Bank’s Gus Frangos

Written by on November 24, 2014
Demolition - Cuyahoga County, OH - Credit Cuyahoga County Land Bank - 2014

Our new report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, takes an in-depth look at how the Cuyahoga Land Bank serves the community in and around Cleveland, Ohio. It was established in 2009, has nearly 30 staff members and, as of March 2014, had more than 1,150 properties in its inventory. The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s operations…

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NEW REPORT: Land banks’ adaptability yields results for communities tackling vacant and problem properties

Written by on November 18, 2014
Take it to the Bank Cover

An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and at least half of them were created between 2008 and today. In light of that rapid growth, our latest report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, explores the state of land banking in the U.S. in 2014. Download the report to find:…

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Bonus! Round-up of some of the top land bank news stories in 2014

Written by on November 14, 2014
Koinania Homes Farm - Cuyahoga County, OH - Credit Cuyahoga County Land Bank - 2014

A bonus “Headlines” blog post, all about land banks? We know many of you care about land banking, but that’s not the only reason for this special post. Consider it, if you will, an appetizer before the main course: Next Tuesday, November 18th, a brand new publication hits the (digital) shelves: Take it to the Bank:…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 13, 2014

Written by on November 13, 2014
Tennessee River - Chattanooga, TN (Credit Jen Leonard/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! California L.A.…

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Louisiana passes ballot initiative to return properties to the tax rolls faster

Written by on November 12, 2014
Old State Capital - Baton Rouge, LA - Credit Kim Graziani for the Center for Community Progress - 2012

Election Day was a noisy affair: big headlines, big news stories, and a deluge of television coverage, focused mainly on federal elections. Flying mostly below the radar, however, voters also opted “yay” or “nay” on a number of ballot initiatives that could have a big impact on their states. In Louisiana, 54% of voters passed a…

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Strengthening communities through veteran homeownership in Cuyahoga County

Written by on November 11, 2014
Rehab - Cuyahoga County, OH - Credit Cuyahoga County Land Bank - 2014

(Stay tuned for more information on the Homefront Veterans Home Ownership Program and much more about land banking in our new report, “Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods,” coming out next Tuesday. Subscribe to our email list to receive notice when the report is available.) This Veterans Day, we’re lifting…

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Flint explores community schools as a tool to support neighborhood stability

Written by on November 6, 2014
Imagine Community Schools Discussion Guide

Can a renewed focus on community schools support neighborhood stabilization — and even vacant property revitalization? That’s one of the questions at hand as Flint looks for a new model for public education. Community schools have deep roots in the City of Flint, and the city has, based on community input, identified reestablishing a strong…

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Election day: Local leadership is critical to revitalization

Written by on November 4, 2014
Credit: Denise Cross Photography

Voters across the nation stream to the polls today in our annual democratic exercise, weighing the promises from candidates in how best to address some of our pressing challenges. At the local level, I doubt there is much variance among the top concerns shared by residents and families: taxes, jobs, crime, and blight. As a…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 31, 2014

Written by on October 31, 2014
Flint revitalized downtown

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! Illinois Inmates…

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NeighborWorks honors Alan Mallach as a “visionary leader in community development”

Written by on October 30, 2014
Credit: NeighborWorks America

For anyone who knows Alan Mallach, senior fellow at Community Progress, it shouldn’t be a shock that he’s being honored as a “visionary leader in community development.” He has dedicated his life’s work to helping communities across the country develop creative, equitable community revitalization strategies. NeighborWorks America chose Alan as one of their 2014 “visionary leaders in community development”…

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