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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned, and problem properties – November 21, 2013

Written by on November 21, 2013
Photo Credit: Kim Graziani for Community Progress

Photo Credit: Kim Graziani for the Center for Community Progress

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. (New to our headlines emails? All our past installments are archived on our blog.)

We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share, feel free to email us!  We offer up highlights here, but be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news, in real time.

National

Where the empty houses are
A piece linking high vacancy rates to vacant homes held off the market and exploring where the highest and lowest vacancy rates are nationwide.
Jed Kolko | Atlantic Cities | November 6, 2013

Helping our troubled cities rebuild and grow
Letters to the editor in response to the recent New York Times article on demolition in Rust Belt cities.
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Richard Daley, and Thomas Wilcox| New York Times | November 15, 2013

Illinois

Will the foreclosure crisis kill Chicago?
In-depth overview of vacant property issues in Chicago, including the role of the new Cook County Land Bank.
Abby Gallun and Micah Maidenberg | Crain’s Business Journal | November 13, 2013

Maryland

Vacants to value: growing Baltimore block by block
An op-ed recalling the success of Baltimore’s Vacants to Value program, calling for even greater work in the upcoming years.
Paul T Graziano| Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013

Michigan

Saginaw offers cash for estimated 500 homes city will then demolish
Saginaw property owners have a chance to sell their homes to the city as a part of the city’s Hardest Hit Fund-backed demolition program.
Mark Tower | M Live | November 11, 2013

County gets no money for Detroit’s Packard Plant, offers it to next highest bidder
Illinois developer Bill Hults failed to come up with the money to purchase the defunct Packard Plant in Detroit, forcing the city to award the purchase to the third highest bidder, who will pay a fraction of the price.
David Muller | M Live | November 15, 2013

Missouri

Kansas City hopes banks will soon help with urban vacant housing crisis
Kansas City, facing a major vacant property inventory hopes banks will help finance private rehabilitation.
Lynn Horsley | Kansas City Star | November 3, 2013

New York

Small-Scale Developers, Big Dreams
In Buffalo, local developers are rehabbing homes and making a difference in their community little by little.
Penelope Green | New York Times | November 6, 2013

Revivals Victorian, Gothic and Civic: Newburgh, N.Y., Seeks Renewal Without Gentrification
Newburgh, NY, though still facing major challenges, is attracting development with its historic charm, low rents, and strong community.
Lisa Selin Davis | New York Times | November 5, 2013

Ohio

Cuyahoga County Land Bank launches housing program for veterans
The Cuyahoga County Land Bank launched a new program that offers eligible veterans up to 20 percent on vacant homes owned by the land bank.
Andrew J Tobias | Cleveland.com | November 12, 2013

Landlords cloaked from citations, prosecution 
Ohio law is making it nearly impossible for the state to hold landlords accountable for their vacant properties.
Mark Ferenchik , Jill Riepenhoff, and Mike Wagner | Columbus Dispatch | November 12, 2013

Landmark deal will force JPMorgan to help blight fight
A portion of the $13 million JPMorgan settlement will go towards fighting blight nationwide, including, possibly, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Melissa Block | NPR News | November 19, 2013

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia L & I Asks Community Development Corporations To Take Over Neighborhood Eyesores
The Philadelphia Office of Licensing and Inspections is asking Philly area CDCs to take over blighted property through conservatorship.
Cherri Gregg | CBS Philadelphia | November 9, 2013

West Virginia

Land Bank has been an important success
An op-ed calling the Huntington Land Bank in West Virginia a big success, and lauding land banking as a tool nationwide.
Cherri Gregg | CBS Philadelphia | November 9, 2013

And, Lastly, a Blight Bright Spot!

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This pop-up market in New Orleans turned a vacant lot into a market, providing retail options for residents and opportunity for small vendors.
Kimberley Singletary | The Advocate | August 21, 2013

 

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