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Our new Technical Assistance Scholarship Program RFA (applications due 3/24!)

Written by on February 12, 2014
Technical Assistance Scholarship Program RFA

For years, through our technical assistance services, we’ve had the privilege of working with communities around the country to reclaim their neighborhoods from blight, vacancy, and abandonment. Today, we’re excited to introduce a new direction for that work, designed to bring significant TA within reach of the places that need it most, while piloting innovative…

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How the garden grows: A Q&A with Mark Covington

Written by on February 4, 2014
Photo Credit: New Solutions Group

In our recent report, Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, we share the story of Mark Covington, who, through his passion and hard work, was able to create the vibrant Georgia Street Community Collective on formerly vacant lots in Detroit. His story of how he was able to turn his passion for bettering his community…

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It takes a village…to make a place: Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Written by on January 30, 2014
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Our new report, Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, uses case studies to examine how placemaking can be used in Legacy Cities. Below, we share an excerpt from the report. Learn how one Buffalo resident’s morning run ended up sending him down the path of helping to form a vibrant neighborhood association: So, it was…

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Interview with the authors: An inside look at “Placemaking in Legacy Cities”

Written by on January 28, 2014
Placemaking in Legacy Cities

We recently released Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, which explores how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets. In celebration of the report, prepared for the Center for Community Progress by New Solutions Group, LLC, I spoke with Francis Grunow and Sarah Szurpicki, two…

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

Written by on January 16, 2014
Placemaking in Legacy Cities

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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Season’s greetings from Community Progress

Written by on December 23, 2013
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Season’s greetings from Community Progress! As 2013 comes to a close, we took some time to reflect on the last twelve months. It’s easy to declare, “It was such a busy year!” – when is it not a busy year? – but we’d like to say, sincerely: it was a remarkable year. Here are just…

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On the cusp of a new year, welcoming our new board members and board chair

Written by on December 17, 2013
Scot Spencer

As 2013 draws to a close, we’re thrilled to announce the appointment of four national urban revitalization leaders to our Board of Directors over the course of this year, as well as the election of a new Board Chairperson. Bringing a range of expertise to their roles, the new board members are: Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban…

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What we’re thankful for today

Written by on November 28, 2013
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned in this line of work it’s that, all over the country, there are thousands of talented, passionate leaders doggedly fighting the good fight to reclaim their communities from the scourge of blight. And, in the face of challenges that can seem insurmountable, these leaders are succeeding. In fact, if…

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Wheeling, WV’s code enforcement strategy contends with a graying city

Written by on October 6, 2013
Photo Credit: Tim Kiser via Wikimedia Commons

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content – even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! Every city wants to know the secret to effective, budget-friendly code enforcement. But if there’s…

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Efficient property tax collections vs. the cult of homeownership

Written by on October 5, 2013
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Cross-posted from Next City, this article is part of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference liveblog series. Check out all the in-depth content – even if you weren’t able to join us in Philadelphia from September 9-11, 2013, you’ll feel like you did! This morning’s session “Making the Case for Efficient, Effective and Equitable Tax Foreclosure Reform” raised…

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