December 1, 2015, 8am PST
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity has already been hard at work renovating homes and improving communities, with an ambitious goal to renovate 100 more homes in the next three years.
November 10, 2015, 10am PST
A recent influx of money to Detroit for demolitions of abandoned properties brings the city's total to $107 million. That money has established Detroit as the country's proving ground for the idea that demolitions stabilize struggling neighborhoods.
November 7, 2015, 1pm PST
Residents who put in the effort of maintaining vacant property will have their hard work rewarded and will be offered the opportunity to purchase the property.
November 5, 2015, 7am PST
A few words to live by for elected officials in communities working to transform vacant and abandoned properties into valued, productive uses.
Center for Community Progress
October 22, 2015, 5am PDT
Detroit Future City has released a guidebook for the process of redeveloping, renovating, and remediating neighborhoods full of vacant and blighted properties.
October 13, 2015, 7am PDT
Faced with an estimated 24 square miles of vacant land, Detroit is turning its empty lots into test beds of urban innovation.
October 1, 2015, 8am PDT
A response to the conventional thinking about demolitions as the antidote to blighted, vacant properties and the negative effects that follow.
August 15, 2015, 5am PDT
Cleveland.com provides in-depth analysis of the ongoing challenge to account for and improve the large number of vacant properties in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
June 25, 2015, 8am PDT
In an ongoing effort to turn around its stock of vacant, tax delinquent properties, the city of Philadelphia will send some 1,400 liens to auction.
June 10, 2015, 11am PDT
The Detroit Free Press offers clear analysis of the multiple ongoing efforts in Detroit to improve vacant and blighted properties and return them to the benefit of the city's neighborhoods and residents.
June 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
The former steel town of Lackawanna, in Erie County, New York, is the latest beneficiary of the growing reach of land banks.
May 26, 2015, 2pm PDT
Why are so many shops closing in New York's richest and best-known neighborhoods?
May 26, 2015, 8am PDT
As Detroit's efforts to stabilize its neighborhoods progress, valuable lessons and trends are emerging. One particularly bright spot was recently revealed: fewer homes are in need of demolition than originally thought.
March 17, 2015, 11am PDT
On March 6, 2015, New Orleans launched a new online auction system for tax-adjudicated properties. The Times-Picayune has been closely monitoring the system since it launched.
January 22, 2015, 9am PST
By all accounts, the Philadelphia Land Bank has completed a high quality strategic plan to guide its actions over the coming years.
November 19, 2014, 8am PST
A recent report collects data from the experience of cities using land banks as a method for addressing vacant and blighted properties.
October 21, 2014, 6am PDT
Practical lessons and best practices will be helpful in empowering land banks to curb the spread of blight, foreclosures, and abandoned properties.
Center for Community Progress
June 25, 2014, 12pm PDT
The 596 Acres project to catalogue and improve vacant, publicly owned lots in New York City produced another great tool called the Urban Reviewer, which gathers all of New York's adopted neighborhood master plans in one place.
June 23, 2014, 10am PDT
Louisville, like many other cities around the country, has been working hard to reduce the number of abandoned buildings. Recent efforts have provided the city with a new road map for blight reduction.
June 19, 2014, 9am PDT
Still plagued by home left vacant after Hurricane Sandy, a politician and local activists are pushing for greater action to clean up the blighted properties.