|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."
|Golden Age for cities? Not so fast|
Golden Age for cities? Not so fast | The Detroit Free Press | October 5, 2014
"'The litmus test of a successful city,' Mallach writes, 'is not only in its ability to draw an economically diverse population, but in how that translates into greater opportunity and an improved quality of life for all of the city's residents.'"
|Expert: Blight has no clear definition|
Debbie Blankenship | The Center for Collaborative Journalism/The Macon Telegraph | September 21, 2014
“Be very careful with the word ‘blighted,’ because there is no common definition,” said Frank Alexander, an Emory University law professor and expert on combatting blight. “I discovered there was 78 different legal definitions of blight, and none of them ultimately made any sense.”
|Mark Bennett: Plans to speed demolition of abandoned houses are a step forward|
Mark Bennett | Trib Star | August 24, 2014
"Statistically in the U.S., abandoned properties tend to pull down values of neighboring homes, and increase crime rates and public-health and fire risks, according to Alan Mallach, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress. The tax base suffers, as does residents’ faith in their neighborhood."
|Land bank to seek cut of $20 million to fight blight|
John Roby | Press and Sun Bulletin | August 12, 2014
“There is no one kind of property most suited to being addressed by a land bank,” she said. “It depends on the needs in each local community. Some land banks might have a focus entirely on residential, single-family housing stock. Others might focus on commercial properties because those are the parcels causing the biggest harm in their community.”
|Blight in historic Butte neighborhoods focus of visitors' meetings|
Montana Standard | August 1, 2014
"Through this visit, the Center for Community Progress team hopes to better understand the resources on the ground in Butte-Silver Bow related to building code enforcement, zoning, community decay, historic preservation, public health and safety, property tax policies, acquisition and sale of publicly-owned properties, incentives, and overall community development."
|What is a land bank?|
Irina Zhorov | WESA | July 15, 2014
"According to Frank Alexander, Cofounder of the Center for Community Progress and Emory University law professor, who helped draft Pennsylvania's law, redevelopment authorities may, theoretically, be able to perform the duties of the land bank, but the land bank's narrow focus makes it uniquely equipped to do so efficiently."
|States intervene in city fiscal crises|
Elaine S. Povich | Pew/Stateline | July 1, 2014
" 'First of all, it's in state's interests to have strong healthy cities,' said Alan Mallach, senior fellow at Center for Community Progress. States gave cities lots of [fiscal] room—some used it wisely and some not. But the states can't simply say point the finger and say to cities 'You misbehaved, it's your problem.' It is the state's problem.' "
|Banking on it: Neighborhoods hit by foreclosure look to Cook County Land Bank|
Robin Amer | Medill Reports-Chicago | June 10, 2014
"Neighborhoods where the market has stalled but not collapsed entirely are called "tipping communities. Some land bank leadership can help stabilize these communities” and "tip" these places back into full stability."