|Gateway cities don't need a silver bullet|
In an opinion piece for the Boston Globe, Community Progress senior fellow Alan Mallach and executive director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center Lavea Brachman, argue that a single large-scale redevelopment project, like a sports arena or conference center, is not enough to revitalize America's legacy cities. These cities, that have experienced significant population loss and a declining manufacturing industry, require a more thoughtful and incremental approach to their recovery.
|Michael Brady: Stop and think about demolition before firing up the bulldozers|
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 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.
|Pennsylvania Legislation Enables Municipalities to Create Land Banks|
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia highlights Pennsylvania's recently passed land bank legislation in it's latest issue of Cascade. The article addresses the powers, funding and history of land banks, and raises key questions for Pennsylvania communities considering land banks as a tool for returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive reuse.
|Michael Brady: Six suggestions for dealing with Detroit's vacant land|
In this Detroit Free Press op-ed piece, vice president of policy, Michael Brady offers six ways for Detroit's new emergency financial manager to help streamline systems and return vacant property to productive use. Some of these recommendations include embracing the community-backed Detroit Future City strategic framework, integrating property inventories across city-controlled entities, and empowering land banking.
|Training Day: Land Banking in Pennsylvania Starts with These People|
Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Frank Alexander, joins other land bank experts from around the country to lead a land bank training in State College, Pennsylvania following the passage of the state's land bank enabling legislation. Participants of the event learned how a land bank could help their community return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use.
|Detroit's Least Bad Option: How emergency management could help the ailing city|
This week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder introduced the city of Detroit's first Emergency Financial Manager - a move certain to bring some significant policy changes for the city and its residents. Community Progress Vice President of Policy Michael Brady, who contributed to the planning of Detroit Future City, encourages others working in the city to see emergency management as an opportunity and continue to share their ideas in a way that will help to move Detroit forward.
|Overwhelmed Wayne County ignores thousands of possible Detroit foreclosures|
In an interview with Detroit News, Community Progress Vice President of Policy Michael Brady says that "not foreclosing on these properties [abandoned properties with a willing buyer] is a missed opportunity" and contributes to the destabilization of neighborhoods in Detroit.
|New Legislation to Fight Urban Blight in the Riverwards|
Community Progress President and CEO, Tamar Shapiro joined Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and State Representatives John Taylor and Chris Ross for a ceremonial land bank bill signing in Northeast Philadelphia on January 17th. The Pennsylvania Land Bank Act will allow Pennsylvania communities to better address the growing pattern of vacancy and abandonment in urban, suburban and rural areas of the state.
|Bargain Homes Lure Buyers Worldwide to Detroit: Mortgages|
Community Progress senior fellow Alan Mallach warns in this piece from Bloomberg that mass sales of tax-delinquent properties can attract buyers who neglect to maintain or pay taxes on their properties - resulting in the deterioration of homes and the destabilization of neighborhoods.