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Achieving the Triple Bottom Line with Green and Blue Infrastructure

Written by on December 11, 2012

As the definitions and best practices of blue and green infrastructure evolve, cities are finding that making the environmentally sound choice saves both money and time while also adding value to existing property, creating jobs and revitalizing neighborhoods. We’ll take a look at some example projects in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Detroit and see how these…

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Winter 2012 Legislative Roundup

Written by on December 11, 2012

This year many states, counties and municipalities across the country pursued legislative remedies to make their efforts to address vacant and abandoned properties more effective. This issue’s Legislative Roundup takes a brief look into some of the successful initiatives that we had an opportunity to help support this year. Pennsylvania Passes a Land Bank Act. The…

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Land Banking: An Essential Tool for Community Health

Written by on December 11, 2012

Last month, the Kent County Taxpayers Alliance (the Alliance), with support from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, filed a lawsuit against the Kent County Land Bank, claiming that its actions violated state law. The suit — which maintains that county officials’ recent transfer of vacant properties to the land bank was illegal — is not…

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The Opportunities Ahead: A Letter from the President

Written by on December 11, 2012

Friends: As I assume the helm of Community Progress, I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself and to share with you my excitement for the work ahead. I come to the organization at times of great challenge and opportunity. While vacant and abandoned property emerged as a problem for the nation’s older…

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Tamar Shapiro Named as New Chief Executive of the Center for Community Progress

Written by on December 11, 2012

Tamar Shapiro, a widely respected leader in the field of urban and regional policy, has been chosen by the Board of Directors to become the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Community Progress, the nation’s preeminent organization promoting neighborhood revitalization through the prevention and creative reuse of vacant and abandoned property.…

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Who is really responsible for problem properties? By Kermit Lind

Written by on December 6, 2012

Public and public interest advocates for distressed neighborhoods in the mortgage crisis and representatives from various types of mortgage and REO servicing companies are increasingly finding ways to sustain conversation with each other. This is a very good and important accomplishment. Successful dialogue is hampered by some conceptual and linguistic misunderstandings.  Here is one. I hear…

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