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From Randyland to grand new plans: Albany and Flint residents learn from Pittsburgh successes

Written by on September 5, 2017

What can dinosaurs teach us about vacant land? Probably not very much. Dinosaurs are long extinct. Even plastic dino-toys – though ironic – have very little to offer us relative to vacancy or community health. I am surprised one would really even ponder this question. But do you know who can share some important insights…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – September 1, 2017

Written by on September 1, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list!   National…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – August 17, 2017

Written by on August 17, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list!   National…

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In Flint, block clubs make a difference worth millions

Written by on August 11, 2017

  This article is the fifth and final story in a five-story series on resident-led revitalization efforts in Flint, Michigan, developed thanks to the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Click here to see all stories in the series. Share your reactions on Twitter with #FlintRevitalizing. Lorrie Knighten met Marijoyce Campbell for the first time at…

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Westmoreland County’s redevelopment authority and land bank tackle affordability and accessibility

Written by on August 10, 2017

  Westmoreland County, located southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has an active redevelopment authority and a land bank. It also has a large, and growing, aging population and a housing affordability problem. A new grant award will make it possible for the redevelopment authority and land bank to help with those challenges. The Redevelopment Authority of…

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Flint mapping makes city planning a team effort

Written by on August 8, 2017

  This article is the fourth in a five-story series on resident-led revitalization efforts in Flint, Michigan, developed thanks to the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Click here to see all stories in the series. Share your reactions on Twitter with #FlintRevitalizing. When the city of Flint, Michigan, began a master planning process in 2012,…

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Bridging policy and placemaking to activate vacant properties in the Twin Cities

Written by on August 7, 2017

Placemaking–and creative placemaking–has received a lot of attention over the past few years in community development circles—but what is it? And how does it relate to vacant and abandoned spaces? The Project for Public Spaces defines placemaking in this way: “Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – August 4, 2017

Written by on August 4, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list!   National…

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When it comes to keeping up Flint’s parks, it takes an army

Written by on July 31, 2017

  This article is the third in a five-story series on resident-led revitalization efforts in Flint, Michigan, developed thanks to the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Click here to see all stories in the series. Share your reactions on Twitter with #FlintRevitalizing. “What’s up, Q?” a man says, dribbling a basketball at Dewey Park while…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – July 21, 2017

Written by on July 21, 2017

This is our twice-monthly round-up of news stories covering challenges related to vacant, abandoned, and problem properties — and how communities are transforming these properties into assets. (The headlines are for informational purposes only; inclusion does not indicate endorsement.) If you’d like to get this round-up in your inbox, join our email list!   National…

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