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Three new communities selected for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program

Written by on March 8, 2016
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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 communities that are ready to effect positive change on the ground and that could become innovative models from which others will learn. Today,…

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#LoveThatLot: A Valentine’s celebration for neighborhood revitalization champions in Baltimore

Written by on February 19, 2016
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This year, as part of our Valentine’s Day #LoveThatLot campaign, we were lucky to have the chance to visit a revitalized vacant lot in Baltimore’s Barclay neighborhood and bring some much-deserved attention to the work of the amazing community members who helped transform the space. Though it was freezing cold, staff from Community Progress, Community…

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So much PDA! Highlights from the 2016 #LoveThatLot campaign

Written by on February 16, 2016
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In a nationwide Valentine’s Day “Public Display of Affection,” many of you shared your love for revitalized vacant places and the people who have poured their hearts into transforming them as part of the #LoveThatLot campaign. Some even took it to the next level and hosted in-person celebrations. A special shout-out to the City of Salisbury, Maryland, where…

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#LoveThatLot: Public Displays of Affection for revitalization projects!

Written by on January 14, 2016
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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.…

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#LotsofThanks: Recognizing revitalization champions

Written by on December 8, 2015
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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…

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#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…

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Three communities selected for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program

Written by on September 16, 2015
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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…

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National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference comes to Baltimore in 2016!

Written by on September 10, 2015
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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…

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

Written by on July 10, 2015
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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…

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

Written by on June 26, 2015
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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…

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