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New York Attorney General announces $20M in land bank funding

Written by on October 20, 2014
Credit Payton A. Heins for the Center for Community Progress - 2014

The New York Attorney General  announced yesterday that he is allocating $20 million to be awarded to land banks across the State. This is the second year that the Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has allocated funding for land banking, bringing the total financial commitment up to $33 million. The press conference was held in Syracuse at a vacant home…

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On World Food Day, a look at food justice & urban ag with Garden Justice Legal Initiative in Philadelphia

Written by on October 16, 2014
South Philly Garden - Credit  Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

On World Food Day, which is themed  “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth” this year, we’re exploring how the reuse of vacant properties can be a critical component of achieving food security and justice. In order to successfully eliminate entrenched, systemic blight communities must support a wide array of reuse strategies, and urban agriculture is…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 16, 2014

Written by on October 15, 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 Golden…

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New York’s land banks report statewide progress

Written by on October 8, 2014
NYSLB Report Cover

Today, the New York Land Bank Association (NYLBA) released New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities, a report on the early accomplishments of the state’s first nine land banks over the last two years. It’s the first publication to be released by NYLBA, a statewide network of the nine land…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 2, 2014

Written by on October 2, 2014
Saw Mill Farmers Market - Yonkers, NY - Credit Payton Heins for the 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! Georgia Valdosta…

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Natalie Pruett: New Community Progress hire lends unique viewpoint as Flint native

Written by on September 30, 2014
Natalie Pruett Bio Photo

We are pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Natalie Pruett, Program Officer of Michigan Initiatives, to the Community Progress team. To introduce her, we asked her a few questions about her work and her perspective as a native Flintonian. Here are her thoughts: How did you first get interested in working on urban revitalization,…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties

Written by on September 18, 2014
House of Gold - Photo Credit: Dee Briggs

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 Here’s…

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

Written by on September 4, 2014
Photo Credit: Alan Mallach for Community Progress

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 An…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – August 22, 2014

Written by on August 22, 2014
Detroit Placemaking

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 Once-Dilapidated…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – August 8, 2014

Written by on August 8, 2014
Photo Credit: Tony Fischer

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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