Community Progress Blog

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

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 authorize the creation of 10 new land banks in the State. The bill had received strong support from the Attorney General Eric Schniederman, who originally proposed the legislation.…


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
Milwaukee CPLI Small Group

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 –…


New release! Guide to redeveloping vacant commercial properties

Written by on May 6, 2014
Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities - Greater Ohio Policy Center

There’s a new resource available for communities tackling a challenging subset of blighted properties: commercial vacant properties. Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities: A Guidebook for Linking Property Reuse and Economic Growth is available to download for free. Greater Ohio Policy Center developed the free guidebook – the first of its kind – in…


Eight cities selected for the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute

Written by on February 21, 2014
Springfield, one of the cities selected for CPLI

Following a competitive application process, we’re excited to introduce the eight cities selected to join the 2014 Community Progress Leadership Institute (CPLI)! CPLI is our one-of-a-kind training program focused on equipping leaders with the skills they need to transform large inventories of blighted and vacant properties into community assets. (Curious? More info about CPLI.) Delegations of up to seven people from…


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…


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…


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

Written by on January 30, 2014
Local Economy-Photo Credit: Elmwood Village

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…


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…