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Vacant Properties

October 29, 2019, 1pm PDT
As the city of Baltimore grapples with a declining population, it faces obstinate challenges in controlling the problems associated with vacant buildings, including the "vicious cycle" of vacancies causing more vacancies.
The Washington Post
August 31, 2019, 11am PDT
Urban homesteading as a response to hypervacancy is in the news after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg proposed the Douglass Plan while on the presidential campaign trail.
Urban Institute
August 16, 2019, 8am PDT
Like many cities around the country, the city of Syracuse struggles with vacant and blighted residential properties. Lately, Syracuse can report positive progress on the challenge.
Channel 9 News
April 18, 2019, 5am PDT
There's plenty of vacant or underutilized land to be found in Miami-Dade County, if you know where and how to look.
Miami Herald
January 13, 2019, 11am PST
The city of St. Petersburg provides a model for transforming blight to a blessing.
Governing
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.
Bloomberg
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.
Chicago Cityscape
August 22, 2018, 7am PDT
Rochester, New York is launching the new Neighbors for Neighbors program.
WHEC
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.
Forbes
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?
Star Tribune
June 11, 2018, 8am PDT
All that empty acreage means that these big, rapidly developing cities don’t really have to sprawl.
CommercialCafe
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.
Curbed
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.
nextSTL
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.
Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2018, 12pm PDT
A community land trust is making moves in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
WIVB
April 26, 2018, 7am PDT
Legal and community groups in St. Louis align to curb ill-effects of the city's many vacant properties.
KWMU
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.
The Detroit Free Press
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.
The Washington Post
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