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Immigration in the Motor City: Explore at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on April 10, 2015
Southwest Detroit (Credit :Ian Freimuth, 2009)

Post-industrial cities throughout the Rust Belt have experienced significant population loss over the last fifty years, leading to unprecedented numbers of vacant and abandoned properties. Immigrants can breathe new life into neighborhoods that have seen disinvestment and abandonment. At the 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, participants will have the opportunity to explore immigration and community development in Detroit through a…


What does it take to eliminate blight? New framework offers a model

Written by on March 19, 2015
Properties in Need of Blight Removal

  The City of Flint Planning Commission recently adopted Beyond Blight: City of Flint Blight Elimination Framework. With a five-year implementation timeline, the Framework uses an in-depth, data-driven approach that brings increased transparency and clarity to the City’s work — and, in so doing, it offers a model other cities can learn from. News release >> Framework summary…


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “We’re part of a movement”

Written by on March 19, 2015
Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, hit the nail on the head when he shared with us his thoughts on the value of the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference: it’s a chance learn from each other but, perhaps just as importantly, it is an opportunity to remember that we aren’t alone in this work. Together, we’re part of…


Building a movement at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

Written by on March 2, 2015
Streetview of Downtown - Detroit, MI-Credit Luke Telander-2014

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…


#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”…