Community Progress Blog

Communities are Using Arts and Culture to Tackle Challenges Amid the Pandemic; and it’s Working (Press Release)

Written by on June 28, 2021

The Saving Power of Community Creativity highlights leaders’ response to COVID-19 and racial injustice through arts, culture, and creative placemaking, created to be a resource for others.  Washington, DC – June 29, 2021 – Today, the Center for Community Progress, America’s leading resource on issues of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties, shared The Saving Power of Community…

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Keith Boykin and Alan Mallach to Lead Discussion on new Black Middle Neighborhood Data, Challenges, and Opportunities

Written by on March 11, 2021

Black urban middle neighborhoods are facing an existential crisis. In city after city, the middle neighborhoods that face the greatest challenges and have seen the sharpest declines are those largely occupied by African-American families. Compared to other middle neighborhoods, these neighborhoods are not only declining more sharply, but are seeing the least benefit from their cities’…

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New Webinars Tackle COVID-19, Code Enforcement, Land Banking, and More

Written by on January 27, 2021

The combination of a new year, new leaders, and new challenges mean residents and local governments are positioned for rapid change in 2021. Register for this Spring’s Cornerstone Webinars to ensure you’re up to date on the latest trends and answers to this year’s historic challenges and opportunities.   February 2021 External Partner Webinars   Pivots…

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Top 5 Racial Equity Resources: Community Progress Picks

Written by on October 12, 2020

Today’s growing social justice movement is experiencing a new surge as Black and Brown communities continue to grapple with the long-term effects created by decades of disinvestment, economic oppression, and systemic racism. The work to reverse hundreds of years of racial injustice is no easy feat, but the need to dismantle the systems that perpetuate…

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New Webinars Unlock the Black Middle Neighborhood Challenges and Opportunities

Written by on July 20, 2020

In the last twenty years, predominantly African-American ‘middle neighborhoods’ have endured the same challenges as other communities, but with different results. The historic injustices that were thought to be issues of the past show up in modern terms in both challenges and opportunities in the wake of today’s growing social justice movement. To help leaders,…

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Community Progress Announces Juneteenth Closure

Written by on June 18, 2020

Dear Partners,  This Friday, June 19th, the Center for Community Progress will be closed in celebration of Juneteenth. As our staff and team enjoy the day as a paid holiday, we encourage all who regularly commemorate July 4th that marks the independence of our nation to join in celebrating this important day of freedom for Americans. 

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Life Should Not be Determined by a Person’s Race [the Death of George Floyd]

Written by on June 3, 2020

We at the Center for Community Progress are enraged and grief-stricken at the loss of yet another Black life at the hands of police.   Since 1619, the compounding symptoms of a problematic culture have systematically disenfranchised people of color in America. The unjust, preventable murder of George Floyd was one of a series of recent…

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