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How the 'Black Tax' Destroyed African-American Homeownership in Chicago

Kriston Capps | CityLab | June 11, 2015

“'It’s worth noting that harsh tactics like this are not employed by the County when it does its own tax collection,' said Frank Ford, a senior policy advisor for the Thriving Communities Institute, in an interview with Community Progress. 'Tax-lien sales transfer what is essentially a public function to a private, return-driven entity that has neither a duty nor an interest in protecting taxpayers and residents of Cuyahoga County.'”


Baltimore grapples with blight quandary

Scott Calvert | The Wall Street Journal | May 25, 2015


"'Baltimore officials deserve credit for a higher-than-50% success rate on vacant homes sold by the city,' said Frank Alexander, an Emory University law professor who co-founded the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit that advises local governments on addressing vacant properties."


Experts choose Detroit to talk about vacant land issues

John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press | May 19, 2015


"Some 1,000 experts and activists in urban revitalization will gather in Detroit beginning this morning for the three-day Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference, a leading national event on urban renovation."


Detroit aims to link green with growth

John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press | April 26, 2014


"'Being a green city does not involve grand gestures or anything particularly dramatic but is the sum of a lot of small, incremental actions,' said Alan Mallach, a nationally recognized urban planner with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Community Progress, who has studied Detroit."


The Battle for New Orleans

Eric Velasco | Politico Magazine | April 16, 2014


"Landrieu’s administration reached its first-term goal to demolish, rehabilitate or clear 10,000 of the city’s 44,000 blighted residential properties when the eradication program was launched in fall 2010."


Another Blight for Detroit: Property Taxes

Prashant Gopal | Bloomberg | March 11, 2014


"'Detroit is at risk of becoming two different cities, one thriving and one continuing to decline,' said Alan Mallach, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, whose research has focused on urban blight."


Gary ramps up war on blight

Carole Carlson | Chicago Tribune | February 18, 2014


"'It cuts to the core of challenges we have around poverty and housing,' said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson."


Trenton will get assistance from national group to integrate vacant property information in city systems

Jenna Pizzi | Times of Trenton | January 29, 2014


"The Center for Community Progress announced Thursday plans to provide technical assistance to Trenton to tackle the city's large number of vacant and abandoned properties."


Introducing the latest, more powerful generation of land banks

Alexis Stephens | Next City | December 2, 2014


"Interest in land banks has surged recently. From 1971 to 2008, only five states passed legislation enabling land banks. In the last three years, eight new states enacted some form of comprehensive land bank legislation, according to a new report from the Center for Community Progress. There are currently around 120 land banks nationwide."

Macon-Bibb land bank recognized as conduit for revitalization

Debbie Blankenship | The Telegraph | November 21, 2014

"The Center for Community Progress referred to Macon-Bibb as 'The Conduit' for the work it does with a range of partners in revitalizing neighborhoods and providing affordable housing while preserving historic assets."