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Michigan Legislative Update – 2015 Year in Review

Written by on December 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! Since our November 2015 update, two new bills of interest were introduced (see Senate Bill 673 under…

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Small scale, big results: Asset-based micro-planning in Youngstown, Ohio

Written by on December 17, 2015

What if the next big thing in blight elimination is to think small? Staff at the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) think that just might be the case. They have even coined a new term to describe their strategy: asset-based micro-planning. “We made the term up,” said YNDC Executive Director Ian Beniston about micro-planning. YNDC…

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Vacant industrial spaces are reborn to support a new age of small-scale manufacturing

Written by on December 17, 2015

There’s a myth surrounding post-industrial economies, Dan Kinkead, acting executive director of Detroit Future City, shares in conversation about the rebirth of small-scale manufacturing in his hometown of Detroit. “The myth is that we need to build new economies around technology and innovation completely divorced from industry,” said Kinkead. “But industry is actually evolving and…

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President’s Corner: Fresh approaches to the “preventive medicine” of vacant property revitalization

Written by on December 17, 2015

At Community Progress, we seek to help communities that are dealing with entrenched, often large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their neighborhoods. This is critically important, but it is not enough. In the same way that many in the healthcare sector have embraced the importance of preventive medicine, we must find ways to halt deteriorating property…

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Charting a new way forward through attorney-practitioner partnerships: Part II —Milwaukee

Written by on December 15, 2015

This is the second in a two-part series exploring how strong working partnerships between practitioners and attorneys can give rise to innovation in the work to reclaim and revitalize blighted properties. Missed Part I—Syracuse? Click here >> Let’s give ourselves a little breathing room In Milwaukee, a productive partnership between Gregg Hagopian, assistant city attorney,…

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Charting a new way forward through attorney-practitioner partnerships: Part I—Syracuse

Written by on December 15, 2015

This is the first in a two-part series exploring how strong working partnerships between practitioners and attorneys can give rise to innovation in the work to reclaim and revitalize blighted properties. After reading below, check out Part II —Milwaukee right here >> “Lawyers can paralyze you for sure. They’ll scare you to death,” says John Sidd, an…

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#LotsofThanks: Recognizing revitalization champions

Written by on December 8, 2015

All across the country, dedicated leaders are working day and night to combat vacancy and transform their communities. From the scrappy grassroots organizers to the forward-thinking public servants to the national thought leaders, together we are building a movement united in the fight against blight. That’s why, over the last few weeks leading up to the…

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