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Season’s greetings from Community Progress

Written by on December 23, 2013

Season’s greetings from Community Progress! As 2013 comes to a close, we took some time to reflect on the last twelve months. It’s easy to declare, “It was such a busy year!” – when is it not a busy year? – but we’d like to say, sincerely: it was a remarkable year. Here are just…

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Demolition the right way: Using strategic demolition to revitalize communities

Written by on December 20, 2013

Though temperatures were in the low 40’s, spirits were high when I attended the 3rd Anniversary of the multifaceted Vacants to Value program in Baltimore last month. Over the past 3 years, Baltimore’s Vacants to Value (V2V) program has rehabbed 1,500 homes and demolished more than 700. Both blight reduction strategies were on display during the anniversary…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – December 19, 2013

Written by on December 19, 2013

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. (Missed our last email, its on our blog.) While we offer up highlights here, follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share,…

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On the cusp of a new year, welcoming our new board members and board chair

Written by on December 17, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, we’re thrilled to announce the appointment of four national urban revitalization leaders to our Board of Directors over the course of this year, as well as the election of a new Board Chairperson. Bringing a range of expertise to their roles, the new board members are: Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban…

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Can we demolish our way to revitalization?

Written by on December 9, 2013

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog While the answer to that question in the title of this piece is obvious, there’s a strong case to be made that a lot of the buildings that make up America’s older cities may have to go, if these cities are to find a path to…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – December 5, 2013

Written by on December 5, 2013

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. (Missed our last email, its on our blog.) While we offer up highlights here, follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share,…

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