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"As we set up [a] land bank, we are also working to overhaul the City’s existing anti-blight ordinance and create and refine other tools for addressing problem properties. It was incredibly helpful for the team not only to hear an overview of what exactly a land bank is but also to hear how it works with other systems and tools to address vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent, and foreclosed properties. "

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Cornerstone Webinars

The Cornerstone Webinar Series is a FREE monthly lunchtime webinar series that equips participants with the building blocks to understand and solve tough challenges related to property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. These hour-long webinars offer participants the ability to learn about topics and tools related to revitalization with field experts. Webinars take place from 12:00-1:00pm EDT on the fourth Thursday of each month. Please check below for upcoming Cornerstones:


August 2018

Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from the Field

August 23, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT: Click here to register 


What is “creative placemaking,” and how can it be used to support the equitable revitalization of vacant properties? In this webinar, we will discuss how arts and culture can be integrated into community planning and development, and highlight key findings from the new report, Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities. The report explores how four cities – Kalamazoo, Michigan; Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania; Newburgh, New York; and Macon, Georgia – used creative placemaking on vacant properties, and details the impacts of their efforts, challenges faced, and lessons learned. By the end of the webinar, participants will gain a deeper understanding of creative placemaking, how it can be used as a tool to revitalize vacant properties, and strategies to engage residents and other local stakeholders in crafting and implementing successful projects.

Presenter: Danielle Lewinski, Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress


If you have any questions or topic suggestions for Cornerstone webinars, we want to hear them! Please contact Christina Carter at ccarter@communityprogress.net.