Vacancy Problem Intensifying Milwaukee's Affordable Housing Issues

The city has plans to increase affordable housing, but some areas are seeing more progress than others.

October 28, 2018 - CityLab

New York Vacant Storefront

Vacant Commercial Spaces Spreading in New York

Between 2016 and 2017 vacant store fronts nearly tripled in New York.

September 17, 2018 - The New York Times

Detroit Vacant Properties

The Vacancy Epidemic

A new report uses terms like epidemic and hyper-vacancy to drive home the point about the effects of vacancies on communities like Cleveland, Gary, Toledo, and Detroit.

June 8, 2018 - Curbed

Vacant Properties

Three Lessons About Vacancies and Affordable Housing

The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey was released in February 2017, revealing nuanced realities of the city's housing market.

June 5, 2018 - RPA Lab

Vacant Lot in Detroit

Where Vacant Properties Are Still Increasing in Number

In some cities and neighborhoods, the number of vacant properties is the only thing growing.

May 20, 2018 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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How People Talk About Blight and Vacancies

The kinds of words and arguments people use to describe blight, foreclosure, and eviction reveals a lot of society's biases.

October 18, 2017 - Rustbelt Anthro


Study: 'Eyes on the Street' Have Real Value for Neighborhood Safety

The first study to make an attempt at quantifying the value of "eyes on street"—an idea most eloquently described by Jane Jacobs—offers reason to support a mix of uses, with businesses operating later in the evening.

July 24, 2017 - Next City


Is Supply Finally Coming to Rescue the Rental Market?

The relief that renters have been seeking might finally be on the way, if several market indicators are to be believed. If and when rent does fall, supply might have finally caught up with demand.

May 19, 2016 - City Observatory

New Releases: A Field Guide for Transforming Vacant Lots

Detroit Future City has released a guidebook for the process of redeveloping, renovating, and remediating neighborhoods full of vacant and blighted properties.

October 22, 2015 - The Detroit News

Detroit Vacant Properties

Explained: Vacancies, Population Decline, and the Importance of Household Size

Jason Segedy has published a long, brutally frank look at blight and vacant properties, especially at the underappreciated culprit for the woes of so many shrinking cities around the Rust Belt: household decline.

November 11, 2014 - Notes from the Underground

Why Are There So Many Vacant Condos in Vancouver?

New analysis of census data has found that a quarter of the condos in some areas of downtown Vancouver are empty or occupied by non-residents, leading analysts to raise concerns about the role of investors in the city's housing market.

March 22, 2013 - The Globe and Mail

Borders' Bankruptcy Means Opportunity for Independent Bookstores--But Where?

With hundreds of former Borders locations vacated comes the question of what to do with the spaces. They are generally just too large and expensive for other booksellers, writes Susan Stellin, though at least one landlord has made it work.

September 29, 2011 - New York Times

Georgia County Banks on Vacant and Abandoned Properties

Plagued by foreclosures, DeKalb County Georgia is buying up properties and creating a land bank in hopes of spurring redevelopment.

August 17, 2011 - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Metros Still Struggling With Vacancies

Housing vacancies are still rising in many American metropolitan areas.

August 4, 2009 - Forbes

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