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The feds bow out: We’re on our own

Written by on October 31, 2013

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog Yes, the federal government is back in business. After 16 days and untold billions in lost earnings and wasted dollars, the Republican extortionists more or less threw in the towel, released their hostages on temporary parole until February, and snuffled back to their hiding places, bloodied,…

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Historic blight blitz is now underway in Flint, Saginaw

Written by on October 25, 2013

A historic new ‘blight blitz’ is now underway in Michigan, constituting the largest blight removal program in the state’s history. Both the state and the nation have a renewed interest in promoting urban revitalization in Michigan through thoughtfully attending to the state’s vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. Last week, the cities of Flint and Saginaw…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties – October 24, 2013

Written by on October 24, 2013

This is our new, twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. Missed the first edition? It’s right here. We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share, feel free to email us! National Buying a home from a land bankThis piece discusses how…

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Property tax madness: Another part of the Detroit puzzle

Written by on October 16, 2013

There are many reasons that Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, and some have already been explored by others on Rooflines. Detroit’s problems have accumulated over decades, and are a paradigm of the trajectory of dozens of cities in the United States undone by suburbanization, flight to the Sunbelt, deindustrialization, and a political system that rewarded all three.…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties

Written by on October 11, 2013

This blog post kicks off Community Progress’ new, twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share, feel free to email us! National U.S. government shutdown threatening housing recoveryIf it is prolonged, the government shutdown could…

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Manufacturing may be coming back, but it won’t bring jobs

Written by on October 10, 2013

I finally got to see Detropia last week, the acclaimed documentary filmed in Detroit that’s been making the rounds of the film festivals and the indie houses. As someone who’s pretty deeply involved with Detroit, I’d been looking forward to seeing it. It turns out that it’s not really about that city at all. What Detropia’s filmmakers seem really to care…

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Wheeling, WV’s code enforcement strategy contends with a graying city

Written by on October 6, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! Every city wants to know the secret to effective, budget-friendly code enforcement. But if there’s…

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Efficient property tax collections vs. the cult of homeownership

Written by on October 5, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! This morning’s session “Making the Case for Efficient, Effective and Equitable Tax Foreclosure Reform” raised…

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Why skyscrapers get a break under Philly’s stormwater pricing

Written by on October 4, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! Many cities remain in denial about the high costs that low-density, impervious land uses like…

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When neighborhood identity can restore demand

Written by on October 3, 2013

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content — even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! Marketing strategist Tracy Gosson opened a packed session on neighborhood branding yesterday with a well-worn quote from…

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