July 2, 2019, 7am PDT
Even though they often occupy valuable real estate, some Boston properties have sat vacant in various states of limbo for years.
June 17, 2019, 1pm PDT
Mobile, Alabama, has changed the way it deals with blight, and the results have been substantial.
December 18, 2016, 9am PST
The city of Philadelphia has deployed high-tech sensors and a new statistical model in its ongoing fight against the blight and health problems that follow vacant and abandoned properties.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2015, 1pm PDT
The city of Philadelphia's Doors and Windows Ordinance applied the Broken Windows Theory to positive results.
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.
May 1, 2013, 12pm PDT
The world is full of millions of abandoned buildings; unused resources that drag down their surrounding communities. One website aims to provide advocates with the tools to reactivate them, writes Ben Schiller.
September 12, 2011, 1pm PDT
Artists are using the vacant buildings of the Rust Belt to create their art, and to comment on possibilities and visions for the future.
July 1, 2011, 11am PDT
Artist Candy Chang has taken an old building in Fairbanks, Alaska and turned it into a public idea board that asks locals what they think should be done with it.
June 20, 2011, 10am PDT
Photojournalist and blogger Dr. Hank Snaffler, Jr. documents the Sathorn Unique, an abandoned skyscraper at the heart of Bangkok.
April 15, 2011, 6am PDT
The city of Youngstown, Ohio, is heavily reliant on funding from grants and outside sources to help pay for the clearing of abandoned properties. Those funds have grown since last year.
January 24, 2011, 9am PST
The city of Detroit is increasingly characterized through imagery of its abandoned and decaying buildings. This piece from <em>The New Republic</em> says it's time to stop.
January 3, 2011, 12pm PST
This slideshow from <em>The Guardian</em> looks inside some of Detroit's historic and decaying buildings.
July 17, 2009, 10am PDT
In a posh borough of London, empty homes are causing problems for officials, who are tasked with finding the owners of these vacant or abandoned mansions.
July 7, 2009, 9am PDT
This slideshow from <em>The New York Times Magazine</em> takes a look at the abandoned and stalled buildings form around the country that epitomize the bust of the building market.
The New York Times Magazine
June 12, 2009, 2pm PDT
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.
April 13, 2009, 8am PDT
Empty homes are littered in cities across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one out of every nine U.S. homes is unoccupied.
March 27, 2009, 9am PDT
More homeless people are squatting in abandoned suburban housing. Eduardo M. Peñalver, co-author of the forthcoming book "Property Outlaws" thinks cities should acquire these properties and allow the former owners to live in them as renters.
March 24, 2009, 11am PDT
This piece from NPR looks at what artists are doing in Detroit to snatch up abandoned homes and convert them into community centers and art spaces.
October 6, 2008, 7am PDT
This video from <em>KCET</em> takes a look inside one of the formerly fastest-growing parts of the country as it grapples with a flood of foreclosures and abandoned properties.
October 5, 2008, 9am PDT
A growing group of people in Britain have taken to breaking into abandoned buildings and facilities. But they're not breaking in to steal things, or to squat. They just want to check the places out, which they call "urban exploring".