Community Progress Blog

Two new resources to inform short- and long-term vacant land reuse

Written by on November 23, 2015

When it comes to vacant land reuse, perhaps no other city in the nation faces as great of a challenge and as much of an opportunity as Detroit. Currently, Detroit has an inventory of more than 100,000 vacant parcels without buildings. In terms of land mass, that’s around 20 square miles of empty land, roughly…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 19, 2015

Written by on November 19, 2015

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! National Advice…

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Michigan Legislative Update – November

Written by on November 18, 2015

This is our monthly legislative update tailored for Michiganders who work on challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and community development. We’re tracking bills in the state legislature to help you stay in the loop on relevant policy activity! Homestead Property Tax Credit With the passage this week of the Road Funding Package in Michigan, a…

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#LotsofThanks: Recognizing revitalization champions!

Written by on November 17, 2015

Last February, we decided to run a Valentine’s Day campaign we called #LoveThatLot, asking you to use the hashtag to share photos of formerly vacant lots that have been transformed into “something downright lovable.” The response was amazing! People shared photos of revitalized vacant spaces from all across the country, and across the world. These…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 5, 2015

Written by on November 5, 2015

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! National For…

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The Leslie Knope guide for new mayors

Written by on November 4, 2015

“What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring really loudly at me.” – Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Parks and Recreation Trust us, residents care REALLY LOUDLY about vacant and abandoned properties…including big, empty pits that could be the next greatest park in places such as fictional Pawnee, Indiana. You’ve won the election.…

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