Faced with an estimated 24 square miles of vacant land, Detroit is turning its empty lots into test beds of urban innovation.
Oct 13, 2015 Detroit Free Press
A response to the conventional thinking about demolitions as the antidote to blighted, vacant properties and the negative effects that follow.
Oct 1, 2015 The Baltimore Sun
Planners get involved with foreclosure by assisting residents threatened with foreclosure or addressing community impacts such as blight, vacancy, and property disinvestment. A look at vacant property fees as a tool for dealing with foreclosure.
Aug 28, 2015 Maine Association of Planners
An analysis and accompanying interactive map from the Urban Institute show where the nation's richest and poorest tend to live. The map tells a tale of deeply ingrained wealth segregation.
Jul 28, 2015 The Washington Post - Wonkblog
Over one half of Detroit's foreclosed homes are blighted or abandoned. Buyers who purchased the homes for as little as $1 have little incentive to keep them in good shape—or pay taxes.
Jul 6, 2015 The Detroit News
The brain has a complex, ancient relationship with place. Mental maps are the manifestation of our brains' perception of place and wayfinding. These maps can have profound impacts on how residents appreciate, and improve, their neighborhoods.
Jun 11, 2015 Pacific Standard
The former steel town of Lackawanna, in Erie County, New York, is the latest beneficiary of the growing reach of land banks.
Jun 4, 2015 The Buffalo News
Every city with neighborhoods in decline and a lack of demand for new investment is faced with the challenge of how to address blight. Each city's challenges are unique, but many are finding new and effective strategies to end the spread of blight.
May 28, 2015 The Washington Post - Wonkblog
Why are so many shops closing in New York's richest and best-known neighborhoods?
May 26, 2015 The New Yorker
Looking to add some industrial heft to the Portland, Oregon region's economy, a recent study makes the case for the North Hillsboro Industrial Area to be built on what is currently farmland.
Apr 14, 2015 The Oregonian