Community Progress Blog

See You in the Big Easy!

Written by on May 24, 2011

As Director of Community Progress’ New Orleans Vacant Properties Initiative, I am particularly thrilled to announce the location of our fourth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in 2012. It’s New Orleans! The theme for next year’s conference is “Remaking America for the 21st Century.” New Orleans, of course, is a perfect setting in which to…


Building a Lank Bank Solution for New York

Written by on May 10, 2011

As evidenced in the recent census, the Syracuse, New York region is turning a corner on investment, development and growth.  While these trends suggest a bright future, decades of population loss and economic turmoil have left a resurgent Syracuse area with many legacy issues to wrestle with, most notably, vacant property. Nearly 2,000 unoccupied and…


Are Banks Responsible for Blight?

Written by on May 6, 2011

A suit just filed by Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is charging Deutsche Bank with creating a public nuisance in allowing vacant, foreclosed properties to fall into such disrepair that they are blighting city neighborhoods. At Community Progress, we will, of course, be watching this case as it makes its way through the courts. …


Modernizing Georgia’s Land Bank Statute

Written by on May 4, 2011

Once again demonstrating its leadership in urban land reform, the state of Georgia stands ready to consider modernizing and strengthening the land bank statutes already in place. While land banks are already being used by communities around the state to help deal with vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties, a new piece of legislation, Senate Bill…