Vacant Properties: The True Costs to Communities

By the National Vacant Properties Campaign

Compiling research from communities across the country, this report examines the overall impacts vacant and abandoned properties have on communities. It looks at the many costs - including city services (nuisance abatement, crime and fire prevention), increased neighborhood blight, and decreased property values and tax revenues. The report also highlights stabilization and revitalization efforts in places like Genesee County, Michigan; Richmond, Virginia; and St. Louis, Missouri to combat the growing costs of vacant properties. 

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This report is a publication of the National Vacant Properties Campaign, a precursor to the Center for Community Progress Do not upload the report itself to any other public website or forum without written permission of Center for Community Progress. For additional information or to request such permission, contact Chelsea Allinger at