Award Winner Profile: Patrick Cooper-McCann

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
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Networking Event: Urban Affairs Association

Join the Vacant Property Research Network for appetizers during the Urban Affairs Association conference in San Antonio to share ideas, find collaborators, discuss funding options, and pilot a match-making service for researchers and practitioners. Thursday, March 20th // 4:30pm – 6:00pm Cork Bar @ Hotel Contessa (across from the Westin) For more information about how to meet our advisory
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Leader Profile: Michael Pagano

A Conversation with Michael Pagano VPRN recently spoke with advisory board member and University of Illinois at Chicago professor Michael Pagano about why some cities welcome vacant land, what intrigues him about land banking, and how urban greening reminds him of the early 20th century progressives. Below is an excerpt. For a lot of policymakers,
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Chicago Intensive: Tackling Vacant Properties

Looking for a professional development? Want to visit Chicago? Here’s a way to do both. Join  national experts Alan Mallach, Joe Schilling, and Terry Schwarz for an intensive workshop, Tackling the Challenges of Vacant Properties, on November 8 and 9. The workshop – part of APA’s Planner’s Training Service – will dive into a number of issues,
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Metropolitan Institute Expands Network Capacity

The Metropolitan Institute (MI) welcomes four new faces. As co-director of the VPRN, Virginia Tech Associate Planning Professor Maggie Cowell will assist MI Director Joe Schilling with the Network’s overall strategic direction and management. Congratulations to MI’s new post-doc Katie Wells who completed her PhD in Geography from Syracuse and Research Associate Lauren Bulka who
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