This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement.
CFPB targets “zombie” foreclosures after Reuters report “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is probing “zombie” foreclosures, a phenomenon first revealed by Reuters last year.”Michelle Conlin | Reuters | March 13, 2014
Government’s empty buildings are costing taxpayers billions“On a street corner in downtown Washington, D.C., David Wise is opening a century-old iron gate in front of an old, boarded-up brick building.”Laura Sullivan | NPR News | March 12, 2014
Blight to Bright may help reduce Colorado Springs’ condemned, abandoned homes“Curtis Olson hates seeing boarded-up homes, like the string of deteriorating bungalows on East Brookside Street near Cheyenne Creek that are targets for street people, drug dealers and vandals.”Bill Volgrin| The Gazette | March 14, 2014
To deter crime, Wilmington tries lived-in look“Some Wilmington officials hope that making vacant houses look occupied can push criminal activities away from certain city blocks.” Yann Ranaivo| The News Journal | March 9, 2014
Looking for more on disguising vacancy. Check out our recent blog post.
Baltimore County Code Enforcement goes mobile“Baltimore County Code Enforcement unveiled a new mobile system Thursday that will allow citizens to register and track neighborhood nuisance issues such as overgrown lawns, uncovered garbage and rats online.”
Jon Meoli | Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
In the rubble of Detroit lies lots of opportunity (guest column)“Everyone is talking about demolishing buildings in Detroit.”
Mary Freeman and Andy Levin | Detroit Free Press | March 16, 2014
Farm planned for former Detroit school as part of district’s reuse effort“The Detroit Public Schools today will hold a conference for prospective developers on reusing vacant district buildings and surplus land.”
Associated Press | March 12, 2014
Recasting vacant lots as assets, not blight can turn Kansas City’s problem into opportunity“Take a problem that everyone is familiar with and reshape it.”
Mary Sanchez | Kansas City Star | March 16, 2014
Syracuse Land Bank reports on progress in first year“Schenectady’s land bank has sold its first property.” Ellen Abbot | WRVO Public Radio | March 12, 2014
NY AG Schneiderman Announces Legislation To Kill “Zombie” Properties“Even in highly populated areas of New York, vacant lots of land exist.” Lucas Willard | WAMC Northeast Public Radio | March 12, 2014
Greater Cincinnati gets $5M grant to combat neighborhood blight“Residents in Cincinnati have been fighting hard to get rid of rundown and abandoned homes that have become eyesores in the neighborhood.”Courtis Fuller | WLWT | March 6, 2014
See the city’s blighted properties (w/ interactive maps)“Wednesday we published a story about a city of Houston proposal to grant tax breaks to people who redevelop blighted properties.”Mike Morris | Houston Chronicle | March 13, 2014
Renters move in to vacant properties through ‘Rent to Own Homes’ project“The home is one of 24 foreclosed properties that these co-developers have purchased and are rehabbing to give people such as Marchese access to affordable housing in the city.” Karen Slattery | Neighborhood News Service | March 14, 2014
And, Lastly, a Blight Bright Spot!
Dekonti Mends-Cole on Memory Banking and the City“Dekonti Mends-Cole is a 2013 Next City Vanguard and a Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow working on blight elimination strategies in Detroit.” Liz Maillie| Next City | December 18, 2014