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5 Things Cities and CDCs Don’t Get About Code Enforcement by Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

Written by on March 26, 2013

Originally posted by Alan Mallach in National Housing Institute’s Rooflines Blog, March 26, 2013. Community Progress Senior Fellow, Alan Mallach, addresses the importance of code enforcement for neighborhood stabilization and calls for cities and CDCs to be more strategic in their use of the tool in Rooflines, the Shelterforce/National Housing Institute blog. In most circles,…

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President’s Column

Written by on March 21, 2013

Those of us who have been grappling with the impact of vacancy and abandonment in our communities for many years were heartened when in his State of the Union speech President Obama exhorted the nation to “put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods.” Equally encouraging was his commitment to “partner with…

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PHXRenews: A Unique Opportunity

Written by on March 21, 2013

Although the challenges of creative reuse of land and buildings are often written about as being the purview of the East, we in the West share the same interest and goal — rethinking our cities to ensure that those that grew in the 20th Century are sustainable in the 21st. Like those in the East…

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The Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan: New Ideas for the Reuse of Vacant Land

Written by on March 21, 2013

Detroit has long been seen as an iconic American city, its name synonymous with industrial might and with the automobile industry, which built it into a city of nearly two million people. More recently, Detroit has seen its population decline to barely 700,000 and become instead an icon of urban decline. Yet with the release…

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Chicago Gets a Land Bank: An Interview with its Champions

Written by on March 21, 2013

Last year the six-county Chicago region experienced the nation’s largest increase in vacant properties, capping off a five-year period in which the number doubled in Chicago and quadrupled in Cook County. While various attempts to stem the tide of vacancy and abandonment had been implemented in the region, from vacant property ordinances to individual communities…

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Restoring America’s Neighborhoods by Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow and Payton Heins, Program Officer, Center for Community Progress

Written by on March 7, 2013

A national problem calls for federal action Sustained economic decline and the foreclosure crisis have resulted in a wave of vacancy, abandonment and blight in cities and towns across the country. Since 2000, the number of long-term or abandoned housing units has risen nearly 60 percent. The scale of the problem has grown too large…

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