Community Progress Blog

Supporting Positive Transformation: A Message From Community Progress Co-founder Dan Kildee

Written by on May 14, 2012

When we launched the Center for Community Progress in January of 2010, our goal was to become a potent source of information, tools and support for communities and cities fighting to prevent abandonment or to create strategies for productive reuse of vacant, abandoned and distressed property. Building on that vision, over the past two years…


Ending Land Speculation That Drives Blight: Change the System, Change the Players

Written by on March 8, 2012

Dan Kildee, President, Center for Community Progress While many housing and community activists have long intuited that well-financed “vacant property speculators” were wreaking havoc in their communities – driving down prices, prolonging vacancies and spreading blight – a new study by the Cleveland Fed both substantiates their suspicions and opens up the discussion about thoughtful…


Little Rock, Arkansas and Community Progress lose a champion

Written by on February 21, 2012

Dan Kildee, President, Center for Community Progress In May of 2005, at the conclusion of the first land bank conference we ever held, I was approached by two sweet sounding women from Arkansas. They had made the trek to my hometown of Flint to learn about how a land bank might help their hometown of…


Slumping Housing Markets: Challenges and Opportunities

Written by on June 13, 2011

As fallout from the mortgage foreclosure crisis continues to weaken even the nation’s strongest and steadiest housing markets – economically diversified cities like Dallas and Denver – it’s time for a new perspective on what those falling home prices mean for all of us … and what we should do about them. It’s easy to…


The Defunding of HUD Counseling Agencies is Devastating

Written by on April 21, 2011

At a time when record numbers of foreclosures are undermining the well-being of millions of families and the well-being if not the very viability of thousands of urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. we are both shocked and troubled by the decision by Congress and the Administration to end funding for housing counselors…


Statement by Dan Kildee on Recent Census Data

Written by on April 12, 2011

Recently released census data confirmed what many of us long have felt to be true: that the last decade has been one of steep population decline in cities like Detroit, Flint and across the industrial Midwest. The numbers are stark: Detroit’s population fell to 713,777, a loss of 237,493 people, a 25 percent decline. Flint…