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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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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – October 31, 2014

Written by on October 31, 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! Illinois Inmates…

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Raising the bar in The Big Easy: Remediating 10,000 blighted properties in less than four years

Written by on February 27, 2014

In January 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans had not only met, but actually exceeded a major goal set back in September 2010: remediating 10,000 of the city’s more than 40,000 blighted properties by the end of 2014. The City of New Orleans reached the goal in the first half…

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Getting on board: A conversation with Erika Poethig

Written by on February 27, 2014

Community Progress is pleased to welcome Erika Poethig, Institute Fellow and Director of Urban Policy Initiatives at the Urban Institute, to our Board of Directors. We recently spoke with Ms. Poethig about her work and passion for urban policy, the transcript of which is below. In our last issue, we interviewed Presley Gillespie, Executive Director of…

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At the heart of it all

Written by on February 14, 2014

We can point to the negative impact of vacant properties on health, crime, property values, and other areas. We can study vacancy numbers and property tax revenues, strained public budgets, and the impacts of demolition and preservation. But when we’re caught up in the day-to-day, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s at…

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Just released! Our new report shares stories of placemaking in Legacy Cities

Written by on January 16, 2014

Today marks the release of our latest publication: Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices! The impetus for the report began with a question: how does placemaking apply to Legacy Cities — those former industrial hubs that are rich in historic, institutional, and other assets, but are grappling with sharp population declines? Are there good…

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Adding “oomph” to enforcement: a statewide coalition reshapes Louisiana’s blight fight

Written by on September 5, 2013

What started out as a lunchtime conversation at a national conference back in 2010 culminated this past spring with state legislative reforms that dramatically strengthen blight prevention policies in Louisiana. Specifically, a power that was previously available only in New Orleans is now open to all municipalities and parishes: the ability to enforce code liens…

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Online RVP: Join in on the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference from anywhere

Written by on September 4, 2013

The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is happening in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, and we’re working hard to ensure that you can reap the benefits online as well as in person. We’ll be live-tweeting sessions, hosting Twitter chats, and sharing photos. We’re also live-blogging throughout the conference along with our friends at the Philadelphia- based…

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