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#LoveThatLot Turns 5: Let’s celebrate amazing revitalization efforts!

Written by on January 28, 2019

For four years, you’ve helped #LoveThatLot blossom into the Valentine’s Day celebration for your favorite revitalization projects and community champions: 2015 – In its inaugural year, people were excited to participate via social media in a celebration of community gems and community champions. We received a number of great posts ranging from a former brownfield vacant…


Lots of love for #LoveThatLot! Highlights from the 2018 campaign

Written by on February 21, 2018

What an amazing year for #LoveThatLot! From in-person celebrations in Albany, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the many Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts that filled our newsfeed, we loved poring through all of the inspiring photos of your favorite revitalization projects and the community champions behind them. The Westmoreland County Land Bank held a…


Time to #LoveThatLot — A Valentine’s Day campaign for revitalization projects!

Written by on January 25, 2018

Back again for the fourth year, it’s time to #LoveThatLot! ♥ In 2017, the #LoveThatLot campaign gained national momentum. You took to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your love for revitalized spaces. A number of you hosted in-person celebrations to recognize those creating positive change in your community. In Newburgh, New York, for example,…


2017 Year in Review: You made change happen!

Written by on December 15, 2017

Thank you for all you did in 2017 to support communities experiencing property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. We reached 1,000s of people through our work, and are pleased to share highlights with you from the past year: Helping communities innovate This year, three communities were selected as TASP scholarship recipients for the first time: Albany,…


From Randyland to grand new plans: Albany and Flint residents learn from Pittsburgh successes

Written by on September 5, 2017

What can dinosaurs teach us about vacant land? Probably not very much. Dinosaurs are long extinct. Even plastic dino-toys – though ironic – have very little to offer us relative to vacancy or community health. I am surprised one would really even ponder this question. But do you know who can share some important insights…


From the Board Chair: Welcome to our new President and CEO

Written by on June 19, 2017

Dear Community Progress friends, It is with great pleasure that I share with you that Akilah Watkins-Butler will be joining the Center for Community Progress as its new President and CEO in early July 2017. Akilah comes to the organization with more than 20 years of experience working to develop successful and sustainable policies, practices,…


President’s Corner: Announcing next steps with gratitude for the past five years

Written by on March 7, 2017

Community Progress Friends: I write today to share the bittersweet news that I will be leaving Community Progress in the summer of 2017 to relocate abroad with my family, due to a unique fellowship opportunity for my husband. Today, the Board of Directors announced these plans and opened the search for a new President and…


From the Board Chair: Announcing a leadership transition at Community Progress

Written by on March 7, 2017

Dear Friends of Community Progress, It is with mixed emotions that I write, on behalf of the Board of Directors, to share with you the decision of our President and CEO, Tamar Shapiro, to leave the Center for Community Progress in the summer of 2017. Due to a recent fellowship offer for her husband, Tamar…


You really #LoveThatLot! Highlights from the 2017 campaign

Written by on February 15, 2017

Through this year’s #LoveThatLot campaign, hundreds of people held in-person celebrations and shared photos of revitalization projects across the country. You shared your love for vacant lots transformed into farms, gas stations transformed into buildings with small businesses, and demolition sites turned into children’s learning gardens. For example, the Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County “heart-bombed” several renovation projects that will…


Remembering Ray Pianka

Written by on January 27, 2017

Raymond L. Pianka, judge of Cleveland’s Housing Court, died suddenly at the age of 65 early Sunday morning, January 22. As the city’s housing court judge for over two decades, Ray became something close to a legend among people engaged in fighting neighborhood decline and abandoned properties, not just in Cleveland but across the United…