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America’s Vacant Lot Landscape

How are vacant lots evolving in the United States? What strategies do professionals consider most effective at returning purpose to these properties? What have practitioners learned in the last several years that other municipalities and organizations can benefit from? And what do organizations still need to do this work effectively? 

 

In 2019 the Center for Community Progress and the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health conducted a national survey of organizations that own, maintain, and/or green vacant property. In total, staff from 119 organizations across 27 states shared responses, providing a broad overview of the state of the practice.

 

America’s Vacant Lot Landscape: Insights from the National Survey on Greening (Downloads: Full Report | Resident Engagement | Partnerships

 

Innovations are Happening in Communities Across the Country

Check out our interactive story map for project photos, stories, and advice from the practitioners driving innovation across the country.

 
 
 

About Community Progress

Since 2010, the Center for Community Progress has helped more than 300 communities transform vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Through offices in Michigan and Washington, D.C., Community Progress works to create a future where all people live in strong, healthy, just communities where widespread vacant properties no longer exist. For more information, visit www.communityprogress.net.

 

About Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center

The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC), based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is one of five National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers are funded to research youth violence prevention approaches, collect and analyze surveillance data, and foster relationships with local community partners to help develop, implement, and evaluate promising prevention efforts. MI-YVPC partners with universities, economic development organizations, health departments, hospitals, police departments and community-based organizations to implement and evaluate strategies to prevent youth violence. Learn more at http://yvpc.sph.umich.edu/.


The MI-YVPC and the national survey on greening are supported by a cooperative agreement (U01CE002698) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.