Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties – October 24, 2013

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This is our new, twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. Missed the first edition? It’s right here.

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

National

Buying a home from a land bankThis piece discusses how homes are purchased from land banks, showcasing three prominent land banks.Abby Hayes | US News and World Report  | October 18, 2013

Massachusetts

‘Brownfields’ legislation is key to transit-oriented developmentBoston, and much of the rest of Massachusetts, due to its long industrial past, has many contaminated lots, or brownfields. If the state does not continue to fund its clean-up efforts, many lots will languish in abandonment.Editorial | Boston Globe | September 24, 2013

Michigan

Saginaw, Flint kick off new blight removal effortsNearly 80 percent of the properties bought at the controversial foreclosure auctions in Wayne County are now delinquent on taxes, with Detroit alone losing about $70 million.Associated Press | October 14, 2013

Guest view of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee: Federal funding to fight blight in Flint, Saginaw, other communities will improve life statewideAn op-ed lauding the new demolition efforts in these cities and the federal funds that enable them.Dan Kildee | M Live | October 14, 2013

Vacant property registry a step in the right direction An op-ed supporting the city of Saginaw’s creation of a vacant property registration program, where owners of vacant property must register for $150 or face penalties.Editorial | M Live | October 14, 2013

Ohio

Blight Fight ContinuesOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine has extended the deadline for demolitions in the state.Editorial | Columbus Dispatch | October 17, 2013

Oklahoma

Abandoned homes a growing neighborhood nuisance in TulsaThere are more than 1,100 abandoned homes in Tulsa, and city officials are pressing state lawmakers to enact legislation that would ease public reclamation and revitalization efforts.KJRH | October 18, 2013

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia’s abandoned properties get a second chanceMt Airy USA, a Philly CDC, is the first CDC in the city to use the conservatorship process to take over a blighted property.Cheri Gregg | CBS Philly | October 10, 2013

Real Estate Today Interview: Rick Sauer, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations Rick Sauer discusses the Philadelphia land bank, and why land banks are so critical to urban revitalization.Real Estate Today | October 20, 2013

And, Lastly, a Blight Bright Spot!

Let's turn more vacant lots into mini-golf courses. John Metcalfe | Atlantic Cities | September 26, 2013 Photo Credit: NL Architects, Designboom

Let’s turn more vacant lots into mini-golf courses.
John Metcalfe | Atlantic Cities | September 26, 2013
Photo Credit: NL Architects, Designboom