Community Progress Blog

#LoveThatLot: Public Displays of Affection for revitalization projects!

Written by on January 14, 2016
LoveThatLotDigitalPromoGraphic-HighRes CROP

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. That means it’s time for Public Displays of Affection – for revitalized vacant lots and buildings, that is! We’re kicking off the second annual #LoveThatLot campaign. Last year, you shared the love for revitalized vacant spaces across the country that have been reimagined as pop-up parks, urban gardens, public art, and more.…

Share:
 

#LotsofThanks: Recognizing revitalization champions

Written by on December 8, 2015
CU_cQSsW4AA5Hmi

All across the country, dedicated leaders are working day and night to combat vacancy and transform their communities. From the scrappy grassroots organizers to the forward-thinking public servants to the national thought leaders, together we are building a movement united in the fight against blight. That’s why, over the last few weeks leading up to the…

Share:
 

#LotsofThanks: Recognizing revitalization champions!

Written by on November 17, 2015
Thanksgiving dinner (Credit: Stacy Spensley)

Last February, we decided to run a Valentine’s Day campaign we called #LoveThatLot, asking you to use the hashtag to share photos of formerly vacant lots that have been transformed into “something downright lovable.” The response was amazing! People shared photos of revitalized vacant spaces from all across the country, and across the world. These…

Share:
 

Three communities selected for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program

Written by on September 16, 2015
Credit: Imagenusphoto

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 ready to effect positive change on the ground and shape the national field of practice. Today, we’re pleased to announce…

Share:
 

National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference comes to Baltimore in 2016!

Written by on September 10, 2015
Credit: Jack Lyons

We are pleased to announce that the seventh national Reclaiming Vacant Properties (RVP) Conference will come to Baltimore, Maryland, next year on September 28-30, 2016! The conference will be held at the Hilton Baltimore and is expected to draw approximately 1,000 professionals to the city. Learn more about RVP on our website or view the…

Share:
 

How the zombie house crisis mutated and what cities are doing about it

Written by on July 10, 2015
AP Photo/Mike Groll

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Are there more zombies in our city than ever before, or are we just paying more attention to them? “Zombie properties” is a clever name to describe residential buildings that are neither alive nor dead: They are caught in…

Share:
 

Supreme Court’s fair housing ruling could boost true neighborhood revitalization

Written by on June 26, 2015
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. In what’s being widely hailed as a gigantic victory for civil rights law, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday to uphold the use of disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act. The much-debated theory of disparate impact centers around…

Share:
 

A 341-page blight-fighting plan requires a lot of teamwork

Written by on June 23, 2015
The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force has used a data-driven approach in eliminating blight. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Three hundred and forty-one pages and 235.5 megabytes. That’s the length and size of the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force plan, published last year. Based on a survey of the city’s 380,000 parcels, the task force found some 85,000…

Share:
 

On East Side of Detroit, managing vacant land takes collaboration

Written by on June 4, 2015
A green infrastructure installation is planned for this vacant lot on the east side of Detroit. (Photo by Matthew Lewis)

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. The verdure of spring is on full display in Detroit — but so, too, are the challenges of maintaining open land in a fiscally challenged city where over 30 percent of all parcels are vacant.…

Share:
 

Why cities need to get smarter about property taxes

Written by on June 4, 2015
Grass and weeds grow in front of two vacant homes in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Cross-posted from Next City, this article is one of a ten-part series inspired by the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. With property taxes accounting for up to 75 percent of local government revenue, everything depends on getting them right. It’s the pool of funds we depend upon to support everything from infrastructure to schools to trash pick-up.…

Share: