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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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In Flint neighborhood, vacant lots will soon bear fruit

Written by on July 20, 2017

  This article is the second 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 Edna Sabucco was a teenager, her family moved to…

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Flint co-op will put good food, ownership in hands of residents

Written by on July 13, 2017

  This article is the first 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. As a pastor, Reginald “Reggie” Flynn is used to hearing…

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From the Board Chair: Welcome to our new President and CEO

Written by on June 19, 2017

Dear Community Progress friends, It is with great pleasure that I share with you that Akilah Watkins-Butler will be joining the Center for Community Progress as its new President and CEO in early July 2017. Akilah comes to the organization with more than 20 years of experience working to develop successful and sustainable policies, practices,…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – June 8, 2017

Written by on June 8, 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 The…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – May 26, 2017

Written by on May 26, 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 How…

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