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The Pro-Development, Anti-Historic Preservationist: How the Business of Saving Buildings Is Changing

Next City | Michael Allen | April 7, 2014


“The reality is that not every property can be preserved and not every property should be demolished,” writes Kim Graziani, vice president of capacity building at the Center for Community Progress."

Inside Flint's First Master Plan Since 1960

Next City | Edward McClelland | February 6, 2014


"When Barbara Griffith-Wilson thinks of Flint’s future, she sees riverside parks, inner-city fishing piers and wide-open green spaces where houses and factories used to sit. A longtime community activist, Griffith-Wilson helped draw up Flint’s new Master Plan, its first since 1960, back when the Michigan city was home to 196,000 people working in half a dozen General Motors factories."

Abandoned Dreams

Milwaukee Magazine | Kurt Chandler | January 22, 2013


“ 'Abandoned properties also have a tremendous effect on the morale of people who live in the neighborhood,” and on the likelihood of people choosing to live there,' says Alan Mallach, a senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress in Washington, D.C."

Foes of Urban Blight Take Aim at Landlords

Wall Street Journal | Kris Maher | January 03, 2014


"A Baltimore woman's five-year campaign to pressure landlords to repair blighted buildings has attracted fans and imitators in other cities, the ire of some property owners, and now for the first time, a pair of lawsuits."

Philadelphia Forges Plan to Rebuild From Decay

New York Times | Jon Hurdle | December 31, 2013


"Alan Mallach, a senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress, a national organization that works to end urban blight, said the different interests that helped plan the Philadelphia Land Bank — including developers, builders, real estate professionals and community groups — so far appeared to be working together."

Abandoned homes are the future: Imaginative ideas turn blight into beauty

Salon.com | Henry Grabar | October 5, 2013


" 'When the mortgage foreclosure crisis hit, it became apparent that blight and abandonment and vacancy touched all communities,' says Tamar Shapiro, the executive director of the Center for Community Progress, which organized the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Philadelphia last month."

Philadelphia Raises Stakes With Plan to Reverse Blight

New York Times | Jon Hurdle | September 22, 2013

"This month, Mary Seton Corboy, a co-founder of Greensgrow, gave a tour of the farm to delegates attending a conference in Philadelphia sponsored by the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit organization that works to revitalize abandoned and blighted real estate. She said the land, once designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund cleanup site, showed how abandoned property could be revived for the benefit of the surrounding low-income community."

The Various Sticks and Carrots for Putting Unused Land to Use

Next City | Brady Dale | August 23, 2013


“ 'There is a lot of value in both carrot and stick incentives to getting landowners to do the right thing with property,' said Mike Brady, vice president of policy at the Center for Community Progress. 'Being able to offer a carrot is really important.' Other states pursuing an incentive approach are doing so with much less flexibility than New York. Uses tend to be more narrow, for instance, and the landowner is often locked into a definite length of time."

Michael Brady: Stop and think about demolition before firing up the bulldozers

Detroit Free Press | Michael Brady | June 11, 2013


In the Detroit Free Press, Community Progress vice president of policy, Michael Brady, calls for Detroit and other Michigan cities to apply new federal funding for demolition in a strategic manner that will help to stabilize neighborhoods. The U.S. Treasury Department announced last week that it has approved a proposal from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to allow Michigan to use $100 Million—or 20% of its total Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) allocation—to demolish vacant properties. Community Progress assisted both MSHDA and the Treasury Department in understanding the value of strategic demolition, optimal ways to organize and structure a federal program, and data necessary to understand the issue on the ground.

Detroit Survival Depends on Speed of Destruction

Bloomberg News | Jeff Green & Prashant Gopal | May 30, 2013


Bloomberg News reports on recent demolition efforts in Detroit to help stabilize the housing market and halt further decline in neighborhoods. In interviews with Bloomberg, Community Progress vice president of policy Michael Brady and senior fellow Alan Mallach point out that Detroit is not the only city to use demolition as a stabilization tool, especially as many other communities face significant population loss and growing vacancy and abandonment.