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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – Jun 27, 2014

Written by on June 27, 2014

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement. (Missed the last post? Its archived on our blog.) We offer up highlights here, but follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. And we’re scouring the web so…

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Building a movement: Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit

Written by on June 25, 2014

“You’re going to be the vanguard for what will become a movement across the nation.” That was the call to action George McCarthy issued during a keynote address to the nearly 100 attendees at the Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit (MLBLS), who represented over 30 counties throughout the State of Michigan, primarily as land bank staff…

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NYT’s “Detroit’s Fight Against Blight” highlights important need for broader strategies

Written by on June 24, 2014

The release of the Detroit Blight Task Force report late last month has been something of a media sensation, plastering the front pages of many of our nation’s most prestigious newspapers. Much of the media coverage, however, has focused on the massive sum of money needed to tackle Detroit’s blight, while glossing over the systems…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – Jun 12, 2014

Written by on June 13, 2014

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement. (Missed the last post? Its archived on our blog.) We offer up highlights here, but follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. And we’re scouring the web so…

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10 new land banks authorized in New York!

Written by on June 11, 2014

(Learn more about what New York”s land banks are up to in the new report,  “New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities.”) The number of land banks in New York is now set to double in the coming years. The New York State Legislature passed a bill yesterday to…

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