Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties – November 7, 2013

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Photo Credit - Brett VA

Photo Credit – Brett VA

This is our new, twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. (Did you miss the first two installments? They are archived on our blog.)

We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share, feel free to email us!


U.S. cities grapple with financesAn exploration of cities that are still struggling with a number of financial issues after the great recession.Jeanette Neumann | Wall Street Journal | October 27, 2013

How crummy, run-down housing harms the children who live in itPoor housing quality predicts children’s development and success
more strongly than all other housing factors in this longitudinal study. Emily Badger | Atlantic Cities | October 24, 2013


Five things to know about demolishing a home in FlintThe author breaks down demolition process and costs in Flint. Dominic Adams | M Live | October 27, 2013

How Saginaw plans to demolish 413 blighted homes in 6 months flat The author breaks down the complicated demolition process occurring right now in Saginaw through Hardest Hit Funds allocation.Mark Tower | M Live | November 4, 2013

Illinois developer pays another fraction of bid owed on Detroit’s Packard Plant The current highest bidder on the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit paid another $100,000 towards his $2 Million bid.David Muller | M Live | November 5, 2013


KCMO works to get rid of vacant lots, homesKCMO takes on the significant vacant property issues in the city.Laura Mccallister, Dave Jordan | KCTV | November 1, 2013

New Jersey, New York

Superstorm Sandy anniversary: One year later, thousands still not homeA year after Superstorm Sandy many communities remain vacant as former residents are still not able to return.Miranda Leitsinger | NBC News | October 29, 2013

New York

$20 million in state funds will put county’s land bank program to workNY AG Eric Schneiderman’s two year $20 milllion Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative, from which the first funds were issued last week, will provide a significant boost to land banking efforts statewide. Editorial | The Buffalo News | October 31, 2013

Syracuse land bank will use $3 million state grant to help low- income homebuyersThe Syracuse Land Bank will renovate 50 homes in the next two years thanks to a $3 million dollar grant from the New York Attorney general.Tim Knauss | Syracuse.com | October 29, 2013


No Philly Shrug at the land bank hearingEditorial lauding the strong public turnout at last week’s City Council hearing for the proposed Philadelphia Land Bank.Helen Ubinas | Philadelphia Daily News | October 29, 2013

Battling blight through the Westmoreland Land Bank The soon-to-be created Westmoreland Land Bank will tackle the city’s blight problem head on.Ted Kopas | TribLIVE | October 23, 2013

Remember how D.C. sold tax debt and residents lost homes? Philadelphia may approve a similar practice A comparison of Philadelphia’s proposed tax lien sales to the fraught system in DC, hoping the city can avoid similar failures.Niraj Chokshi | Washington Post | October 25, 2013

The possibility of land banking in PhiladelphiaCommunity Progress’ Kim Graziani and Philadelphia Association of CDCs’ Rick Sauer discuss the possibility of a land bank in Philadelphia.Kim Graziani, Rick Sauer and Ellen Mattleman Kaplan | WHYY Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane | November 5, 2013


Abandoned schools, added blightDallas’ cost-cutting plan to close city schools has created an abandoned property issue for the city.Editorial | The Dallas Morning News | October 30, 2013

And, Lastly, a Blight Bright Spot!


           I Wish This Were A _____: A community re-imagines a blighted building in Lansing