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Pennsylvania Law Removes Obstacles to Blight Reduction

“We don’t need every old coal miner’s house” to stay standing, says Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill).

July 7, 2023 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A map of New Jersey focuses on Haledon and blurs our surrounding cities such as Paterson.

Zoning Changes Intended to Spur Redevelopment in Haledon, New Jersey

The borough of Haledon is hoping that less restrictive zoning will spur a new wave of development and economic activity along one of the city's commercial corridors.

October 26, 2022 - North Jersey


Pittsburgh Revitalization Plans Stuck on Blight

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an investigation of the city's efforts to buy and rehabilitate vacant properties in the troubled neighborhood of Homewood.

February 11, 2021 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Proposed $250 Million Blight Removal Bond Fails in Detroit

The Detroit City Council dealt a blow to Mayor Mike Duggan by rejecting the mayor's signature blight reduction proposal.

November 20, 2019 - Detroit Free Press

Bank Owned

From Vacant Property to Affordable Housing Development

The city of St. Petersburg provides a model for transforming blight to a blessing.

January 13, 2019 - Governing

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Measuring the Effect of Blight Remediation Programs

Tulane researchers received major funding support from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of blight remediation on youth and family violence.

November 2, 2018 - Tulane University

Court Restores 'Doors and Windows' Code Enforcement Ordinance in Philadelphia

One of Philadelphia's most potent code enforcement tools is back in effect after the state Supreme Court overturned a previous ruling by a lower court.

September 29, 2018 - PlanPhilly

The Data Science Behind New Orleans' Blight Reduction Efforts

The BlightSTAT system has helped New Orleans track and improve blighted conditions around the city.

October 21, 2016 - Data-Smart City Solutions

Detroit Vacant Properties

Federal Agencies Investigating the Rising Costs of Detroit's Blight Program

Detroit's aggressive blight reduction strategy, to demolish vacant homes by the thousands, is coming under scrutiny for rising costs. The FBI and the U.S. Inspector General are investigating.

May 31, 2016 - Detroit Free Press

Downtown Reno

Expecting Investment, Reno Targets Blighted Properties

As a nascent tech economy tests the waters, Reno's Vice Mayor spearheads an effort to equitably clear out blight and revisit the purpose of the city's downtown.

May 6, 2016 - Next City

Blight Demolition

Treasury Department Announces $1 Billion for 'Hardest Hit Fund'

A $1 billion funding allocation from the Treasury Department to the Hardest Hit Fund is the fifth since 2010.

April 22, 2016 - CityLab

Kansas City Program to Turn Vacant Lots Into Urban Forest

The Kansas City Land Bank has the funding to back up plans to begin transforming blighted, vacant lots into thriving groves of poplar trees.

April 6, 2016 - The Kansas City Star

This Valentine's Day, Celebrate Neighborhood Revitalization With #LoveThatLot

The #LoveThatLot campaign is the Center for Community progress' way of celebrating the hard work of transforming vacant, blighted properties into neighborhood assets and amenities.

February 4, 2016 - Center for Community Progress

Proposed Blight Solution: Shift Subsidies from Rent to Ownership

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto thinks Section 8 housing subsidies could get two birds with one stone: help low-income households find affordable housing and reduce blight.

January 12, 2016 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Using Instagram to Create a Blight Inventory

The Innovation Team in Mobile shows that sometimes innovation can be delivered through commonplace technology.

December 6, 2015 - Governing

How Cities Are Stopping the Blight Contagion

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

On the Ground in the Effort to Save Detroit's Neighborhoods

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.

May 26, 2015 - Next Ciy

Details of New Orleans' Online Property Auction

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.

March 17, 2015 - The Times-Picayune

'GrowSouth' Plan Demolishes Record Number of Structures in Dallas

A Dallas economic development plan called "GrowSouth"—spearheaded by the office of Mayor Mike Rawlings—removed a record number of blighted and nuisance structures in 2014.

January 2, 2015 - The Dallas Morning News

Nothing to See Here: Detroit's Blockbuster Blight Bid Falls Through

Anna Clark has the scoop about the latest wrinkle in the blockbuster Detroit blight auction: the surprise, mysterious bid for 6,000 parcels if off the table.

November 6, 2014 - Next City

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