June 1, 2018, 10am PDT
A number of cities are considering hiking up taxes on vacant properties. But does that actually lead to a reduction in blight?
May 20, 2018, 12pm PDT
In some cities and neighborhoods, the number of vacant properties is the only thing growing.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
April 26, 2018, 7am PDT
Legal and community groups in St. Louis align to curb ill-effects of the city's many vacant properties.
February 9, 2018, 6am PST
The borough of Emerson, New Jersey is testing the limits of eminent domain.
December 16, 2017, 9am PST
A California policy lets cities offer tax incentives to landowners who put vacant lots to use as urban farms or gardens. Long Beach is the latest comer, but the uptake has been sluggish elsewhere.
December 13, 2017, 6am PST
A handful of Delray residents refuse to be displaced by industry, but the plan for a new bridge may mean they don't have a choice.
October 18, 2017, 6am PDT
The kinds of words and arguments people use to describe blight, foreclosure, and eviction reveals a lot of society's biases.
October 10, 2017, 1pm PDT
What makes one building worth saving and another worth destroying? Strong Towns' Rachel Quednau explores the line between destruction and preservation.
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.
August 27, 2017, 5am PDT
Community land trusts are a favorite tool of advocates who want to take a communitarian approach to property and public space in cities facing the challenges of population decline, blight, and gentrification.
July 14, 2017, 8am PDT
Researchers at MIT and Harvard believe that their computer vision system (i.e., artificial intelligence) helps reveal fundamental characteristics of neighborhood change.
June 1, 2017, 1pm PDT
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan made a splash this week by pronouncing a vision to create a Detroit that is 'one city for all of us.'
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.