Community Progress Blog

#LoveThatLot: Your Valentines for formerly vacant lots

Written by on February 13, 2015
Photo Credit: Kevin Duffy

Parcel by parcel, on blocks across the country, transformations are underway: local champions are turning vacant, abandoned lots into local gems. These projects are changing neighborhoods and touching lives but, too often, they’re known only to those who are lucky enough to live nearby.  Last week, we issued a call for Valentines to shine some light on these special spots and you responded without…


Seven Cities Selected for Community Progress Leadership Institute

Written by on February 10, 2015
Credit: Steven Martin

Delegations from seven cities across three states have been selected to attend the 2015 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI), a training program focused on equipping leaders with the skills to address large inventories of blighted and vacant properties for the benefit of their communities. The cities that will be sending delegations of up to six…


Send your favorite revitalized lot some Valentine’s love with #LoveThatLot

Written by on February 5, 2015
Photo Credit: Kevin Duffy

Around the country, vacant lots and abandoned properties are being transformed into everything from new housing to urban orchards to pop-up beer gardens to go-kart race tracks. It’s time to show them some love! Between now and Valentine’s Day, use #LoveThatLot on Twitter and Facebook to share photos of your favorite formerly vacant lots that have been transformed into…


Dallas, Detroit, Gary and Trenton awarded technical assistance scholarships

Written by on January 29, 2015
Credit Blake Bolinger via Flickr

Community Progress launched the competitive Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) in 2014, to help us find and support today’s pioneers in the work to reclaim and revitalize problem properties. TASP seeks out “changemakers” who are improving the field of practice, and it helps those leaders effect positive change on the ground. Today, we’re pleased to…


Justin Godard comes on board with the National Leadership and Education team

Written by on November 21, 2014
Justin Godard

We are pleased to welcome Justin Godard as a program associate on the National Leadership and Education team at Community Progress. Here’s what he has to say about coming on board: How did you first become interested in the community development and urban planning fields? I feel as though the story behind how I got into community development…


NeighborWorks honors Alan Mallach as a “visionary leader in community development”

Written by on October 30, 2014
Credit: NeighborWorks America

For anyone who knows Alan Mallach, senior fellow at Community Progress, it shouldn’t be a shock that he’s being honored as a “visionary leader in community development.” He has dedicated his life’s work to helping communities across the country develop creative, equitable community revitalization strategies. NeighborWorks America chose Alan as one of their 2014 “visionary leaders in community development”…


New York’s land banks report statewide progress

Written by on October 8, 2014
NYSLB Report Cover

Today, the New York Land Bank Association (NYLBA) released New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities, a report on the early accomplishments of the state’s first nine land banks over the last two years. It’s the first publication to be released by NYLBA, a statewide network of the nine land…


Natalie Pruett: New Community Progress hire lends unique viewpoint as Flint native

Written by on September 30, 2014
Natalie Pruett Bio Photo

We are pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Natalie Pruett, Program Officer of Michigan Initiatives, to the Community Progress team. To introduce her, we asked her a few questions about her work and her perspective as a native Flintonian. Here are her thoughts: How did you first get interested in working on urban revitalization,…


Building a movement: Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit

Written by on June 25, 2014

“You’re going to be the vanguard for what will become a movement across the nation.” That was the call to action George McCarthy issued during a keynote address to the nearly 100 attendees at the Michigan Land Bank Leadership Summit (MLBLS), who represented over 30 counties throughout the State of Michigan, primarily as land bank staff…


10 new land banks authorized in New York!

Written by on June 11, 2014
Photo Credit: Jenn Durfey

(Learn more about what New York”s land banks are up to in the new report,  “New York State Land Banks: Combating Blight and Vacancy in New York Communities.”) The number of land banks in New York is now set to double in the coming years. The New York State Legislature passed a bill yesterday to…