5 Things Cities and CDCs Don’t Get About Code Enforcement by Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

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Originally posted by Alan Mallach in National Housing Institute’s Rooflines Blog, March 26, 2013.

Community Progress Senior Fellow, Alan Mallach, addresses the importance of code enforcement for neighborhood stabilization and calls for cities and CDCs to be more strategic in their use of the tool in Rooflines, the Shelterforce/National Housing Institute blog.

In most circles, all you have to do is say “code enforcement” and people start mumbling about previous engagements.

As I’ve been increasingly immersed in thinking about the future of urban neighborhoods, though, I find it looming large in my thoughts. That was reinforced by spending three days with a group of savvy urban professionals pulled together by the Center for Community Progress last week.

And as I’ve come to appreciate how important code enforcement is, I’ve also come to feel that real progress is held back by the mutual short-sightedness of two actors that should be working together on it but rarely do – city governments and CDCs.

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