Blight

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.
MIT News
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.'
Detroit Free Press
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.
Next City
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.
NextCity
April 9, 2017, 9am PDT
Memphis hopes its coordinated action plan on blight can be a model for cities nationwide.
How Housing Matters
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.
Crain's Chicago Business
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.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
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.
Next City
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.
Washington City Paper
October 18, 2016, 11am PDT
Reno's blight initiative drew criticism when it removed 68 benches from a park it was renovating.
NBC News - Reno Nevada
October 8, 2016, 1pm PDT
Neighborhoods achieve significantly more improvements by rehabilitating vacant rowhouses than by introducing new construction.
Shelterforce Magazine
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.
Fox 2
June 19, 2016, 9am PDT
St. Louis Public Radio explains the various efforts of the St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority.
St. Louis Public Radio
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.
The Washington Post
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.
Community Progress Blog
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.
Detroit Free Press