Community Progress Blog

Lots to Love in Beall’s Hill

Written by on February 29, 2016

We’re pleased to share this guest post from Emily Hopkins with the Historic Macon Foundation about their participation in this year’s national #LoveThatLot campaign. A once-vacant lot in the Beall’s Hill neighborhood of Macon, Georgia, experienced a lot of love on Sunday, February 21. Parents and their children, couples with their dogs, and friends on…

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What is the cost of blight? What new research from Atlanta tells us

Written by on February 26, 2016

What is the cost of blight? We know that vacant properties cost cities through lost property tax revenue, and that they also bring down the property values of surrounding homes in the neighborhood. We know that cities have to spend considerable funds on activities like mowing lots or boarding up abandoned structures. Vacant properties also…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – February 26, 2016

Written by on February 26, 2016

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 How…

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Making the connection between vacant properties, community wellbeing, and social justice

Written by on February 25, 2016

In the wake of continued police violence in communities of color across the nation, we have witnessed the strengthening of movements against brutality. With its origins in the events of Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, the “Black Lives Matter” movement has pushed the belief that the injustice and violence that Black Americans experience in our…

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Nine cities selected for Community Progress Leadership Institute

Written by on February 22, 2016

Delegations from nine cities across three states and the District of Columbia have been selected to attend our 2016 Community Progress Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute equips practitioners with the leadership and technical skills to address significant blight and vacancy challenges. It will be held March 15-18, 2016, on the campus of Harvard University. The…

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#LoveThatLot: A Valentine’s celebration for neighborhood revitalization champions in Baltimore

Written by on February 19, 2016

This year, as part of our Valentine’s Day #LoveThatLot campaign, we were lucky to have the chance to visit a revitalized vacant lot in Baltimore’s Barclay neighborhood and bring some much-deserved attention to the work of the amazing community members who helped transform the space. Though it was freezing cold, staff from Community Progress, Community…

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Treasury announces how $2 billion for Hardest Hit Fund will be allocated

Written by on February 19, 2016

  Today, Treasury announced how it will allocate the additional $2 billion dollars for the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program approved by Congress last December. HHF funding will be allocated among participating States in two phases of $1 billion each. States have until December 31, 2020, to utilize funds, extended from the original deadline of…

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So much PDA! Highlights from the 2016 #LoveThatLot campaign

Written by on February 16, 2016

In a nationwide Valentine’s Day “Public Display of Affection,” many of you shared your love for revitalized vacant places and the people who have poured their hearts into transforming them as part of the #LoveThatLot campaign. Some even took it to the next level and hosted in-person celebrations. A special shout-out to the City of Salisbury, Maryland, where…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – February 12, 2016

Written by on February 12, 2016

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! Georgia Vacant…

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February 2016 Michigan Legislative Update

Written by on February 2, 2016

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! The Michigan legislature reconvened after the holidays on Wednesday, January 13th, to kick off the second half…

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