May 2, 2017, 7am PDT
Bringing together the city, developers, and philanthropic support, Fitz Forward aims to redevelop 300 parcels. Backers hope it will serve as a model for other neighborhoods.
April 29, 2017, 1pm PDT
In New York state, municipalities can apply to use a new tool that gathers property data and sifts for red flags. The intent is to identify potential blight before it sets in.
April 9, 2017, 9am PDT
Memphis hopes its coordinated action plan on blight can be a model for cities nationwide.
April 5, 2017, 11am PDT
The state of Ohio is expanding a practice used by the Fannie Mae to counter the negative effects of vacancies and blight.
Associated Press via Cincinnati.com
February 20, 2017, 5am PST
The vacant lot program at the Cook County Land Bank Authority recently kicked into high gear—offering a huge number of vacant lots for sale, located around 27 neighborhoods and suburbs in the Chicago region.
February 14, 2017, 11am PST
What better way to show you love for your community than by transforming its underused spaces into gathering areas for activities and fun?
Center for Community Progress
January 20, 2017, 8am PST
When we start to liken housing and neighborhood cycles to the kinds of predictable, unstoppable cycles found in nature, we may find ourselves in a dangerous trap.
January 19, 2017, 1pm PST
It might seem obvious that vacant homes attract crime and other noxious elements to surrounding properties, but researchers are still working to quantify those external costs.
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
November 22, 2016, 8am PST
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland provides an early assessment of a new foreclosure law in Ohio designed to help reduce vacant and blighted properties in the state.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
November 6, 2016, 5am PST
It got more expensive to neglect properties in Washington, D.C. this week.
October 18, 2016, 11am PDT
Reno's blight initiative drew criticism when it removed 68 benches from a park it was renovating.
October 8, 2016, 1pm PDT
Neighborhoods achieve significantly more improvements by rehabilitating vacant rowhouses than by introducing new construction.
June 30, 2016, 10am PDT
A volunteer organization called The Mission Continues connects veterans with volunteer work around the country. The healing power of their efforts goes both ways.
June 19, 2016, 9am PDT
St. Louis Public Radio explains the various efforts of the St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority.
June 9, 2016, 9am PDT
A web tool that helped Detroit develop a housing plan may ultimately provide public data on every parcel in the country.
June 2, 2016, 12pm PDT
It's not your typical walking tour: A resident-led project in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania explores the history of a community through its blighted properties.
May 31, 2016, 11am PDT
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 27, 2016, 11am PDT
The crisis facing many Fresno renters is nothing new. A history of housing in the city shows how, since the late 19th century, poor housing conditions have been "ingrained in Fresno's culture."
May 11, 2016, 11am PDT
A new garden has opened in Detroit's Osborn neighborhood. It's described as the city's first outdoor learning garden.