Philadelphia Case Study, “Philadelphia’s Vacant Property Journey,” Released

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. These studies identify policy reforms and program innovations to reclaim vacant properties, discuss each
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Zombie Neigborhoods: Searching for a Cure

Many of America’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt communities have experienced rising vacancy and abandoned homes or properties beyond just one or two, sprinkled throughout the urban landscape, but recently in terms of entire neighborhoods. The effects of urban decline on these cities has brought new urgency to practitioners and researchers alike. Although anthropomorphism and dramatic terminology has the
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Preventing Vacancy & Deterioration

A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) scans the latest solutions and practices of local cities and leaders in dealing with helping communities deal with effects of the foreclosure crisis, including preventing vacancies and further deteriatoration, encouraging rehabilitation and reuse and demolition where appropriate. The report includes a review of national initiatives and
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2012 Virginia APA Conference

Looking to catch a few AICP credits, escape the heat, take in the beautiful Virginia countryside, and most importantly, learn how the Cities in Transition typology and strategies apply right here to Virginia cities? The afternoon economic development session will cover manyresearch insights from the Cities in Transition: A guide for practicing planners PAS report. Well it’s not to late
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2012 Reclaiming Vacant Properities Conference

This past June (2012), the Center for Community Progress held the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in New Orleans. Along with 600 practitioners, stakeholders and academics the conference shared experiences and struggles in communities across the U.S. and beyond, working to transform vacant and abandoned property into reclaimed and productive uses. Think you missed out on
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