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Building a movement at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on March 2, 2015
Streetview of Downtown - Detroit, MI-Credit Luke Telander-2014

In just a few months, Detroit will play host to community development leaders from across the country for the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP), charting the course for the emerging movement to reuse our nation’s vacant properties. After visiting five other cities over the last eight years, we could not be more excited to bring…

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The Next Frontier in Neighborhood Stabilization – The ReClaim Project

Written by on March 2, 2015
Credit Chelsea Allinger for the Center for Community Progress

By Craig Nickerson, National Community Stabilization Trust and Rebecca Regan, Housing Partnership Network In numerous communities today, REO inventories are declining and overall foreclosure rates are at five-year lows; however, the importance of continuing the work of stabilizing hard hit neighborhoods is far from over. Many neighborhoods, often low- to moderate-income and multicultural communities, continue to…

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After the last bell rings, cities explore options for vacant school buildings

Written by on March 2, 2015
Vacant school building in  Wake Forest, North Carolina (Credit Wendy via Flickr)

Urban school districts are seeing schools close due to population declines, the buildings’ age, and other factors. The trend is particularly pronounced in cities that have faced the decline of large industry and subsequent hard times. Elaborate, sometimes multi-structure facilities once cherished as neighborhood centers – built to provide thousands of kids with an education…

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Headlines- The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – February 27, 2014

Written by on February 27, 2015
Rutabagas in Youngstown Garden - (Credit Jen Leonard for the Center 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!) Georgia Why…

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

Written by on February 13, 2015
Credit: Jim's Photos1

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 #LoveThatLot:…

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#LoveThatLot: Your Valentines for formerly vacant lots

Written by on February 13, 2015
Photo Credit: Kevin Duffy

Parcel by parcel, on blocks across the country, transformations are underway: local champions are turning vacant, abandoned lots into local gems. These projects are changing neighborhoods and touching lives but, too often, they’re known only to those who are lucky enough to live nearby.  Last week, we issued a call for Valentines to shine some light on these special spots and you responded without…

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Seven Cities Selected for Community Progress Leadership Institute

Written by on February 10, 2015
Credit: Steven Martin

Delegations from seven cities across three states have been selected to attend the 2015 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI), a training program focused on equipping leaders with the skills to address large inventories of blighted and vacant properties for the benefit of their communities. The cities that will be sending delegations of up to six…

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Send your favorite revitalized lot some Valentine’s love with #LoveThatLot

Written by on February 5, 2015
Photo Credit: Kevin Duffy

Around the country, vacant lots and abandoned properties are being transformed into everything from new housing to urban orchards to pop-up beer gardens to go-kart race tracks. It’s time to show them some love! Between now and Valentine’s Day, use #LoveThatLot on Twitter and Facebook to share photos of your favorite formerly vacant lots that have been transformed into…

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Headlines – The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – January 30, 2015

Written by on February 2, 2015
Detroit urban garden: Credit Luke Telander for the Center 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 4…

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Dallas, Detroit, Gary and Trenton awarded technical assistance scholarships

Written by on January 29, 2015
Credit Blake Bolinger via Flickr

Community Progress launched the competitive Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) in 2014, to help us find and support today’s pioneers in the work to reclaim and revitalize problem properties. TASP seeks out “changemakers” who are improving the field of practice, and it helps those leaders effect positive change on the ground. Today, we’re pleased to…

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