January 13, 2019, 11am PST
The city of St. Petersburg provides a model for transforming blight to a blessing.
November 14, 2018, 6am PST
Experts say China has the highest vacancy rate on residential units of any country in the world. The roots of the problem lay in housing speculation, according to China's leaders.
August 29, 2018, 6am PDT
So you bought a lot for $1 under the city of Chicago's Large Lots program. Expect your bills to go up a lot more than that measly sum.
August 22, 2018, 7am PDT
Rochester, New York is launching the new Neighbors for Neighbors program.
August 21, 2018, 12pm PDT
While the housing crisis of expensive coastal cities gets all the attention, many parts of the country are challenged with real estate markets that lack the stability to attract investments.
July 25, 2018, 10am PDT
Managed decline assumes that struggling cities will continue to struggle indefinitely. Is there a better way to plot neighborhood stabilization?
Notes from the Underground
June 21, 2018, 10am PDT
Minneapolis is, by many accounts, home to a thriving economy. Why then, are there so many vacant properties in the city?
June 11, 2018, 8am PDT
All that empty acreage means that these big, rapidly developing cities don’t really have to sprawl.
June 8, 2018, 5am PDT
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.
May 31, 2018, 6am PDT
An innovative project in St. Louis' will revitalize the underinvested Gravois Park neighborhood while delivering housing options to creative types.
May 22, 2018, 12pm PDT
Chicago continues to lose population from parts of the city, so vacant properties are multiplying. The city's "Large Lots" program aims to return vacant properties back to control by residents of the neighborhoods.
May 11, 2018, 12pm PDT
A community land trust is making moves in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
April 26, 2018, 7am PDT
Legal and community groups in St. Louis align to curb ill-effects of the city's many vacant properties.
January 9, 2018, 12pm PST
Highland Park, Michigan, a former hub of the auto industry, is looking for a massive redevelopment plan to revitalize the city.
September 22, 2017, 9am PDT
There's a surprising amount of vacancies and blight in the nation's capital, and District officials aren't doing everything in their power to address the challenge.
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
March 28, 2017, 11am PDT
Not only are suburbs growing, many of the larger, older cities that had reversed decades of population decline, are now losing population, again. The biggest losers: counties with the greatest population densities.
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.
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 22, 2016, 9am PST
The Renewal Project examines the work of the House Life Project in Indianapolis.