Community Progress Blog

From the Great Recession to COVID-19: Land Banks are Critical to Long-Term Equitable Recovery

Written by on June 1, 2020

Today’s COVID-19 public health crisis is evolving. As governments and business work to anticipate the potential housing and economic crisis that could follow, there is renewed focus and interest around land banks, which gained traction after the Great Recession. Land banks are governmental entities that acquire, hold, and steward vacant, abandoned, deteriorated, and tax-delinquent properties…


Tax Lien Sales are Not a Vital Tool for Recovery; People Are

Written by on April 8, 2020

We are in an unprecedented situation, and our concerns first and foremost should be about keeping people safe and, to the extent that it is the safest decision for that individual or family, in their homes. In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, it has been reassuring to see the federal government and many state…


Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms. Complements

Written by on November 22, 2016

By: Emily Thaden, Kim Graziani, Annie Stup This blog post also appeared on the Shelterforce blog, “For land banks to get into the affordable housing business, which is a discipline in itself, there could be claims that it’s off mission. But it’s not always off mission, particularly when it comes to improving or emerging…


The Leslie Knope guide for new mayors

Written by on November 4, 2015

“What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring really loudly at me.” – Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Parks and Recreation Trust us, residents care REALLY LOUDLY about vacant and abandoned properties…including big, empty pits that could be the next greatest park in places such as fictional Pawnee, Indiana. You’ve won the election.…


Blorft and the Importance of Local Leadership

Written by on June 23, 2011

Definition of blorft: An adjective made up by the actress, author, producer, Renaissance woman, Tina Fey, meaning “completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.” Only a few weeks on the job here at the Center for Community Progress and I am constantly…