Vacant Properties

June 10, 2015, 11am PDT
The Detroit Free Press offers clear analysis of the multiple ongoing efforts in Detroit to improve vacant and blighted properties and return them to the benefit of the city's neighborhoods and residents.
Detroit Free Press
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 26, 2015, 2pm PDT
Why are so many shops closing in New York's richest and best-known neighborhoods?
The New Yorker
May 26, 2015, 8am PDT
As Detroit's efforts to stabilize its neighborhoods progress, valuable lessons and trends are emerging. One particularly bright spot was recently revealed: fewer homes are in need of demolition than originally thought.
Next Ciy
March 17, 2015, 11am PDT
On March 6, 2015, New Orleans launched a new online auction system for tax-adjudicated properties. The Times-Picayune has been closely monitoring the system since it launched.
The Times-Picayune
January 22, 2015, 9am PST
By all accounts, the Philadelphia Land Bank has completed a high quality strategic plan to guide its actions over the coming years.
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
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
June 25, 2014, 12pm PDT
The 596 Acres project to catalogue and improve vacant, publicly owned lots in New York City produced another great tool called the Urban Reviewer, which gathers all of New York's adopted neighborhood master plans in one place.
June 23, 2014, 10am PDT
Louisville, like many other cities around the country, has been working hard to reduce the number of abandoned buildings. Recent efforts have provided the city with a new road map for blight reduction.
The Courier-Journal
June 19, 2014, 9am PDT
Still plagued by home left vacant after Hurricane Sandy, a politician and local activists are pushing for greater action to clean up the blighted properties.
The Yeshiva World News
March 14, 2014, 11am PDT
Philadelphia recently became the largest U.S. city to create a “land bank.” As new land banks spring up across the country, it is important to take a close look at what needs to accompany them if we want to have real impact.
Urban Direction
February 2, 2014, 5am PST
In Philadelphia, an alliance of unusual suspects worked together to convince the city to create the land bank. The law isn't perfect but the new land bank will significantly improve the city’s vacant property process.
November 27, 2013, 9am PST
A plan to eliminate a tax loophole on more than 10,500 vacant lots across New York City could help contribute to the mayor-elect's affordable housing goals.
Crains New York Business
November 26, 2013, 6am PST
An "unprecedented" effort being led by Detroit’s new Blight Task Force will document the city's crumbling and vacant properties. It's part of a multi-pronged effort to combat Detroit's widespread blight.
The Detroit News
November 23, 2013, 5am PST
To battle blight caused by the plague of vacant properties left by declining populations and the Great Recession, cities and property owners are resorting to some sly tactics.
The Wall Street Journal
November 12, 2013, 2pm PST
Saddled with thousands of vacant buildings, and little hope of recovering lost population, cities such as Baltimore, Buffalo, and Cleveland are pursuing large-scale demolitions. Shrinking cities are changing the very practice of urban planning.
The New York Times
September 23, 2013, 2pm PDT
Seeking to stabilize healthy neighborhoods and revitalize others, Philadelphia is planning to establish a land bank to "consolidate its inventory of distressed real estate," reports Jon Hurdle. The plan could become a national model.
The New York Times
July 23, 2013, 2pm PDT
With thousands of abandoned homes located in neighborhoods of varying shape and character, Chicago has a massive challenge in returning its vacant properties to active use. Can algorithms help leaders decide on the right solutions?
Next City
July 2, 2013, 1pm PDT
Abandoned factories litter the landscapes of cities and towns throughout the Rust Belt. A new paper proposes an innovative solution to help prevent vacant buildings from plaguing a community before a building is ever constructed.
The Atlantic Cities