Community Progress Blog

President’s Corner: Announcing next steps with gratitude for the past five years

Written by on March 7, 2017

Community Progress Friends: I write today to share the bittersweet news that I will be leaving Community Progress in the summer of 2017 to relocate abroad with my family, due to a unique fellowship opportunity for my husband. Today, the Board of Directors announced these plans and opened the search for a new President and…


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…


Building a movement at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on March 2, 2015

In just a few months, Detroit will play host to community development leaders from across the country for the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP), charting the course for the emerging movement to reuse our nation’s vacant properties. After visiting five other cities over the last eight years, we could not be more excited to bring…


President’s Welcome: Cities tackle blight issues at the Community Progress Leadership Institute

Written by on July 1, 2014

This article was originally published in the Summer 2014 issue of Breaking Ground, our quarterly newsletter. To receive Breaking Ground in your inbox, please join our email list.  In mid-March, more than sixty professionals descended on Cambridge, Massachusetts to discuss solutions for blight and vacancy in their cities at the Community Progress Leadership Institute. All sixty…


NYT’s “Detroit’s Fight Against Blight” highlights important need for broader strategies

Written by on June 24, 2014

The release of the Detroit Blight Task Force report late last month has been something of a media sensation, plastering the front pages of many of our nation’s most prestigious newspapers. Much of the media coverage, however, has focused on the massive sum of money needed to tackle Detroit’s blight, while glossing over the systems…


It looks different around here: Our new brand, and what it means

Written by on May 28, 2014

It’s looking a little different around here today. And it feels a little different, too. Today marks the public culmination of our strategic planning and rebranding process. Over the past year, we’ve done some soul-searching. The peak of the foreclosure crisis has passed, but its impacts continue to hurt neighborhoods around the country. Other communities…


Finding common ground in the fight against blight

Written by on May 20, 2014

Originally posted on The Catalyst: Ideas and Insights from Living Cities As a part of the Project on Municipal Innovation (PMI) – A network of Mayoral chiefs of staff and policy leaders from 35 of the country’s largest and most creative U.S. cities that Living Cities convenes biannually with the Ash Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School –…


President’s Preview: Communities across the country are turning to creative board-ups

Written by on February 27, 2014

Like many of you, I envision a future in which entrenched blight and vacancy in our communities is no more than a bad memory. While we work on the long term, however, communities also need near-term options to keep their residents safe and prevent decline. Lately, several organizations have come to my attention that are…


President’s Preview

Written by on September 5, 2013

Next week, over 700 professionals from around the country will descend on Philadelphia for the fifth Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, coming together to share ideas and inspire action to revitalize vacant properties. Reclaiming Vacant Properties will offer a host of innovative and interactive sessions on everything from the relationship between greening and improved public health, to…


President’s Preview

Written by on May 21, 2013

In just under four months, practitioners, policymakers and researchers from around the country will gather for the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties (RVP) conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like previous RVP conferences in Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cleveland and New Orleans, this national conference will convene between 600 and 1,000 participants, all of whom are working to prevent blight…