Community Progress Blog

What we’re thankful for today

Written by on November 28, 2013

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in this line of work it’s that, all over the country, there are thousands of talented, passionate leaders doggedly fighting the good fight to reclaim their communities from the scourge of blight. And, in the face of challenges that can seem insurmountable, these leaders are succeeding. In fact, if…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 21, 2013

Written by on November 21, 2013

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. (New to our headlines emails? All our past installments are archived on our blog.) We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share, feel free to email us!  We offer up highlights here, but…

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Community Progress’ Kim Graziani and PACDC’s Rick Sauer talk Philly Land Bank on WHYY

Written by on November 8, 2013

“Will Philadelphia create a land bank, and how would it be most effective and equitable?” This was the question of the hour as Kim Graziani, Vice President of Capacity Building at Community Progress, and Rick Sauer, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) joined the Committee of Seventy’s Ellen Mattleman Kaplan…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties – November 7, 2013

Written by on November 7, 2013

This is our new, twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. (Did you miss the first two installments? They are archived on our blog.) 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. cities grapple with…

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I Wish This Were a ______: A community re-imagines a blighted building in Lansing

Written by on November 6, 2013

Some chalkboard paint and a bucket of chalk turned a vacant eyesore into a canvas of possibilities in Lansing, Michigan’s Urbandale neighborhood. The abandoned, crumbling Paro Party Store had been a blight on Lansing’s East side for years. “I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat to have a co-op grocery store with local foods?’”…

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