From New London to the Atlantic Yards, the last month has seen a flood of news around the issue of eminent domain. Diana Lind wonders if we need a new definition of 'blighted.'
Dec 4, 2009 Next American City
At a time when developers are having trouble getting loans to build, San Francisco is taking steps to improve empty lots with art, retail, and other temporary investments in neighborhood vitality until construction can resume.
Sep 7, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle
The City of Chula Vista has a highly successful anti-blight ordinance- so successful that some critics say they may actually be delaying the recovery of the local real estate market.
Jul 8, 2009 San Diego Union-Tribune
Congresswoman Laura Richardson has gotten on the nerves of her Sacramento neighbors, mainly because she's never around. As a result, her home has gone untended and turned into a blight on the neighborhood.
Jun 12, 2009 Los Angeles Times
Officials in Fort Worth, Texas, are searching for ways to deal with buildings left vacant by businesses struggling during the recession. Other cities and the state of Texas are also addressing the issue.
Apr 7, 2009 Fort Worth Star Telegram
Jacksonville, Florida officials are considering removing pay phones on sidewalks and in downtown parks, which are often viewed as nuisances that hinder efforts to make neighborhoods cleaner and safer.
Mar 13, 2009 The Florida Times-Union
A new study in Britain makes the connection between blighted environments and poor school performance.
Jan 26, 2009 The Guardian U.K.
New York City has announced plans to use $24 million in federal financing to repair and resell more than 100 foreclosed homes in the city.
Jan 16, 2009 The New York Times
Amid the citywide blight of Detroit is the City Airport neighborhood -- rife with crime and virtually deserted by residents. But now former residents have begun to write and blog about the neighborhood, its better times and its possible futures.
Dec 22, 2008 Utne Reader
Once New Orleans comes to terms with the fact that it is a shrinking city, the city's culture and geographic location can help bring it back.
Nov 25, 2008 The Times-Picayune