Blight

November 5, 2015, 7am PST
A few words to live by for elected officials in communities working to transform vacant and abandoned properties into valued, productive uses.
Center for Community Progress
October 13, 2015, 7am PDT
Faced with an estimated 24 square miles of vacant land, Detroit is turning its empty lots into test beds of urban innovation.
Detroit Free Press
October 1, 2015, 8am PDT
A response to the conventional thinking about demolitions as the antidote to blighted, vacant properties and the negative effects that follow.
The Baltimore Sun
August 28, 2015, 2pm PDT
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.
Maine Association of Planners
July 28, 2015, 11am PDT
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.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
July 6, 2015, 1pm PDT
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.
The Detroit News
June 11, 2015, 10am PDT
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.
Pacific Standard
June 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
The former steel town of Lackawanna, in Erie County, New York, is the latest beneficiary of the growing reach of land banks.
The Buffalo News
May 28, 2015, 10am PDT
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.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
May 26, 2015, 2pm PDT
Why are so many shops closing in New York's richest and best-known neighborhoods?
The New Yorker
April 14, 2015, 11am PDT
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.
The Oregonian
March 14, 2015, 7am PDT
In a bid for revenue and rejuvenation, Newark is selling vacant lots for $1,000. Buyers promise to build a home and stay for at least five years.
New York Times
November 19, 2014, 8am PST
A recent report collects data from the experience of cities using land banks as a method for addressing vacant and blighted properties.
Community Progress Blog
November 11, 2014, 2pm PST
Jason Segedy has published a long, brutally frank look at blight and vacant properties, especially at the underappreciated culprit for the woes of so many shrinking cities around the Rust Belt: household decline.
Notes from the Underground
October 21, 2014, 6am PDT
Practical lessons and best practices will be helpful in empowering land banks to curb the spread of blight, foreclosures, and abandoned properties.
Center for Community Progress
July 22, 2014, 9am PDT
An app that plots the most beautiful route across cities made news earlier this month, but one commenter worries about how taking the more scenic route could make it harder to improve quality of life in the "less-than-scenic" sections of cities.
TheCityFix
July 21, 2014, 6am PDT
The residents of Camden County in New Jersey, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, banded together to catalog the abandoned properties in their neighborhoods, where the problem of abandoned, or "zombie" properties, is growing.
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 3, 2014, 12pm PDT
Luke Telendar updates the planning efforts of Flint, Michigan, which earlier this year released its first new master plan since 1960, "Imagine Flint," and has more recently released a blight
Center for Community Progress
June 3, 2014, 7am PDT
A recent article refutes arguments used to defend gentrification, and in so doing identifies a culprit in glossing over the negative effects of displacement in areas both urban and suburban: hipster economics.
Al Jazeera
April 17, 2014, 8am PDT
Pittsburgh recently approved a land bank to acquire properties when owners fall behind on property taxes. The question about how much control to grant an independent authority, or maintain with the City Council, remains controversial.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette