RESEARCH NETWORK

Launched in October 2011, the Vacant Property Research Network is a collaborative network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners engaged in the design and testing of new models for reclaiming vacant and abandoned properties and creative planning and policy strategies for regenerating distressed cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

Recently released, "The City After Abandonment" (Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas, Editors, University of Pennsylvania Press) is a collection of essays from top urban planning experts shedding light on three questions essential to understanding cities plagued with abandonment. What have such cities become? What makes a difference in what cities become after abandonment—what policies, politics, social relationships, institutions lead to different outcomes? What should/can such cities become after abandonment?
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PUBLICATION

The just-released case study, “Philadelphia’s Vacant Property Journey,“ is one of three conducted by Virginia Tech’s Vacant Property Research Network (VPRN), with support from the Ford Foundation, to document resilient approaches to reclaim vacant properties in three cities: Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Baltimore.
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Schilling Attends Strategic Code Enforcement Workshop

| September 15th, 2014 | Comments Off

As part of the Institute’s Vacant Property Research Network, Senior Fellow Joe Schilling participated as part of the national faculty for a workshop on strategic code enforcement hosted by the Center of Community Progress and the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association.  On September 10th over 200 local government attorneys and practitioners spent the  day examining the legal and policy foundations of classic and cutting edge code enforcement practices (e.g., administrative citations, criminal prosecutions, and civil actions) and how communities, such as Baltimore and Memphis, are strategically deploying their code enforcement actions by leveraging data and eevelop9ing cross departmental working groups that take into account the impact and influence CE can have on neighborhood revitalization outcomes.  Schilling teamed with longtime colleague and friend Deputy Housing Commissioner for the City of Baltimore Michael Braverman to discuss regulatory strategies, such as Vacant Property Registration Ordinances and Baltimore’s cutting edge Vacants to Value initiative.  Schilling’s

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Networking Event: New Orleans

| May 20th, 2014 | Comments Off

Join the Vacant Property Research Network for appetizers during the Environmental Research Design Association conference to share ideas, find collaborators, discuss funding options, and pilot a match-making service for researchers and practitioners. Kent State University’s Kristen Zeiber and New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s Colleen McHugh will be the hosts. Saturday, May 31st // 8:00am – 9:30am // New Orleans Teddy’s Cafe @ The Roosevelt Hotel (across from the Crowne Plaza) For more information about the event and where to continue the conversation throughout the week, please click here.

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Award Winner Profile: Amber Knee

| May 20th, 2014 | Comments Off

In May 2014, the Vacant Property Research Network announced the recipients of its first student paper competition. The awards recognize two masters students whose research in a single-authored paper contributes to new knowledge and practice around vacant properties. Amber Knee, one of the winners, was selected from the submission of a single-authored paper (12-30 pages in length) on a “vacant property” topic, which we broadly called anything from de-industrialized landscapes, distressed cities and shrinking regions to land banks, code enforcement strategies, and housing courts.  Knee is graduating with a masters from the city and regional planning program at the University of Pennsylvania. She spoke with us recently about her work and the paper that won her this recognition, “Strengthening the Core: Recalibrating Philadelphia through Vacancy.” Below is an excerpt of our conversation. Your paper frames vacant land as a void. Could you explain this idea a bit?  In planning we’re drawn to figuring out how we can develop and bound the

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Just Released: Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Case Study

| May 12th, 2014 | Comments Off

Cleveland and Cuyahoga County—A Resilient Region’s Responses to Reclaiming Vacant Properties documents how a dedicated group of policy entrepreneurs have come together to address successive waves of property abandonment in the city, county and first tier suburbs. This is the second of a three-part case study project aimed documenting resilient approaches to reclaiming vacant properties in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Baltimore. To download the case study, please click here.

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Award Winner Profile: Patrick Cooper-McCann

| May 7th, 2014 | Comments Off

In May 2014, the Vacant Property Research Network announced the recipients of its first student paper competition. The awards recognize two masters students whose research in a single-authored paper contributes to new knowledge and practice around vacant properties. Patrick Cooper-McCann, one of the winners, was selected from the submission of a single-authored paper (12-30 pages in length) on a “vacant property” topic, which we broadly called anything from de-industrialized landscapes, distressed cities and shrinking regions to land banks, code enforcement strategies, and housing courts.  Cooper-McCann completed his third year of coursework for a joint masters and PhD in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. He will earn his masters degree this May and become a doctoral candidate later this summer. He spoke with us recently about his work and the paper that won him this recognition, “The Politics of Spatial Targeting: Urban Triage in St. Louis.” Below is an excerpt

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