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Community Progress’s Publications Library collects and disseminates the information to assist your revitalization work. It provides publications including case studies, toolkits, reports, research papers, conference presentations, policy briefs, and more.

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The Case for Lead-Safe Demolitions

Publication Date: 2/7/2014
By Lyke Thompson, PhD, Carrie Beth Lasley, PhD, Angie Sarb and Alanna Woolley for Wayne State University There are serious costs from vacant and open properties (social, financial, public safety), but if they are demolished in the wrong way there will be substantial environmental, human...

America's Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs

Publication Date: 12/9/2013
By the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University Rental housing has always provided a broad choice of homes for people at all phases of life. The recent economic turmoil underscored the many advantages of renting and raised the barriers to homeownership, sparking a surge in...

Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities

Publication Date: 10/23/2013
By the MIT Department of Urban Studies and planning On June 18th, 2013, community leaders from the cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia engaged in a discussion on the successes and challenges they face in efforts to revitalize their cities. This event,...

Roadmap for Auto Community Revitalization: A Toolkit for Local Officials Seeking to Clean Up Contamination, Revive Manufacturing, Improve Infrastructure & Build Sustainable Communities

Publication Date: 9/4/2013
By the United States Environmental Protection Agency This Roadmap for Auto Community Revitalization, developed under the partnership between EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, and...

On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool

Publication Date: 9/1/2013
By the United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA Region 5 report and bid specification development tools for use by cities, counties or land banks undertaking large-scale residential demolitions. Anticipate the environmental issues and concerns so you can factor them into the planning and...

Redefining "Rust Belt": An Exchange of Strategies by the Cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia

Publication Date: 9/1/2013
Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond  On June 18th, 2013, community leaders from the cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia engaged in a discussion on the successes and challenges they face in efforts to revitalize their cities. This event,...

Economic Impacts of the Ingham County Land Bank (2006-2012)

Publication Date: 8/29/2013
BY THE MSU LAND POLICY INSTITUTE FOR THE INGHAM COUNTY LAND BANK FAST TRACK AUTHORITY, TREASURER’S OFFICE, INGHAM COUNTY, MICHIGAN The primary objective of this research is to determine what, if any, positive effect Land Bank activities have on nearby property values and...

Regenerating America's Legacy Cities

Publication Date: 6/25/2013
By Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress and Lavea Brachman, Greater Ohio Policy Center In this policy brief, Mallach and Brachman analyze 18 cities that have experienced significant population and job loss, highlighting their existing obstacles as well as opportunities. The...

Conservatorship Handbook: How to use conservatorship to address blighted and abandoned property for Philadelphia's community leaders

Publication Date: 4/15/2013
Published by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania by contributing authors Rachel Blake, John Caddell, Cynthia Witman Daley, John Kromer, Irene Mclaughlin, and Catherine L Meehan. The purpose of The Conservatorship Handbook is to help community leaders in Philadelphia make use of a new tool...