Community Progress Blog

Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms. Complements

Written by on November 22, 2016

By: Emily Thaden, Kim Graziani, Annie Stup This blog post also appeared on the Shelterforce blog, rooflines.org. “For land banks to get into the affordable housing business, which is a discipline in itself, there could be claims that it’s off mission. But it’s not always off mission, particularly when it comes to improving or emerging…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 17, 2016

Written by on November 17, 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 What’s…

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It’s rooted in you: Reflecting on the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on November 17, 2016

Back in September, 1,100 change-makers from 37 states and 5 countries gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the seventh Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Themed “In Service of People and Place,” the conference looked at how work to reclaim vacant properties can improve the wellbeing of residents and the places they call home. As the dust has…

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Where the brave dare not go

Written by on November 2, 2016

Few topics will kill a conversation faster than inviting a discussion of property taxes. At the same time, however, the efficiency and effectiveness of our local governments and school districts tends to be a favorite topic of discussion. The problem – and challenge – is that these two topics are intricately related. On a national…

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