Community Progress Blog

Advice for land banks from Cuyahoga Land Bank’s Gus Frangos

Written by on November 24, 2014

Our new report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, takes an in-depth look at how the Cuyahoga Land Bank serves the community in and around Cleveland, Ohio. It was established in 2009, has nearly 30 staff members and, as of March 2014, had more than 1,150 properties in its inventory. The Cuyahoga Land Bank’s operations…


Justin Godard comes on board with the National Leadership and Education team

Written by on November 21, 2014

We are pleased to welcome Justin Godard as a program associate on the National Leadership and Education team at Community Progress. Here’s what he has to say about coming on board: How did you first become interested in the community development and urban planning fields? I feel as though the story behind how I got into community development…


NEW REPORT: Land banks’ adaptability yields results for communities tackling vacant and problem properties

Written by on November 18, 2014

An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and at least half of them were created between 2008 and today. In light of that rapid growth, our latest report, Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods, explores the state of land banking in the U.S. in 2014. Download the report to find:…


Bonus! Round-up of some of the top land bank news stories in 2014

Written by on November 14, 2014

A bonus “Headlines” blog post, all about land banks? We know many of you care about land banking, but that’s not the only reason for this special post. Consider it, if you will, an appetizer before the main course: Next Tuesday, November 18th, a brand new publication hits the (digital) shelves: Take it to the Bank:…


Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 13, 2014

Written by on November 13, 2014

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list! California L.A.…


Louisiana passes ballot initiative to return properties to the tax rolls faster

Written by on November 12, 2014

Election Day was a noisy affair: big headlines, big news stories, and a deluge of television coverage, focused mainly on federal elections. Flying mostly below the radar, however, voters also opted “yay” or “nay” on a number of ballot initiatives that could have a big impact on their states. In Louisiana, 54% of voters passed a…


Strengthening communities through veteran homeownership in Cuyahoga County

Written by on November 11, 2014

(Stay tuned for more information on the Homefront Veterans Home Ownership Program and much more about land banking in our new report, “Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods,” coming out next Tuesday. Subscribe to our email list to receive notice when the report is available.) This Veterans Day, we’re lifting…


Flint explores community schools as a tool to support neighborhood stability

Written by on November 6, 2014

Can a renewed focus on community schools support neighborhood stabilization — and even vacant property revitalization? That’s one of the questions at hand as Flint looks for a new model for public education. Community schools have deep roots in the City of Flint, and the city has, based on community input, identified reestablishing a strong…


Election day: Local leadership is critical to revitalization

Written by on November 4, 2014

Voters across the nation stream to the polls today in our annual democratic exercise, weighing the promises from candidates in how best to address some of our pressing challenges. At the local level, I doubt there is much variance among the top concerns shared by residents and families: taxes, jobs, crime, and blight. As a…