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Land Banking

The buzz about land banks is growing, and for good reason. Over the last few years, several states have passed land bank enabling legislation, offering local leaders a new tool to help reinvent and revitalize neighborhoods challenged by vacancy and blight.

As a result, dozens of new land banks and land banking programs have been created and launched in a range of communities, from “Legacy Cities”—those former industrial cities suffering from decades of disinvestment and population loss—to suburban and rural towns hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Many other communities (maybe even yours!) are currently considering how a local or regional land bank could complement existing tools and strategies to help overcome vacancy, blight, and abandonment. 


All of this activity, understandably, raises a lot of questions, starting with the most basic: What is a land bank, and how does it work?


In response, we put together the Land Bank Information Headquarters. The headquarters features an interactive map of the country's land banks, as well as a land banking FAQ. We hope you find it useful!


(Photo Credit: Luke Telander for Community Progress, Chelsea Allinger for Community Progress, Payton Heins for Community Progress)