Mobile Workshops Offer Insiders’ View of Revitalization Challenges, Successes in New Orleans, Baton Rouge (Press Release)

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Limited seats still available for tours of reviving neighborhoods at cutting-edge national conference to address vacant and abandoned property.

WHAT: Remaking America for the 21st Century – Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
WHEN: June 20-22, 2012
WHERE: New Orleans, LA
WHO: The Center for Community Progress, the nation’s leading organization in addressing issues of vacant and abandoned properties; Bob Edwards, Clarence Page, federal, state and local officials and practitioners.

Perhaps more than any other place in the nation, New Orleans and Baton Rouge are textbook models that offer compelling insights into the opportunities – and the challenges – of reclaiming vacant properties for use in community, city and even regional revitalization. Take in the lessons these cities offer on Wednesday, June 20 during a series of mobile workshops being offered by the Center for Community Progress on the first day of our Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, June 20-22 in New Orleans.

A series of educational tours led by local experts will explore various aspects of rebuilding these Gulf Coast communities:

  • Visit the Gentilly neighborhood to learn how residents are using innovative home building and land swap programs to re-create density with voluntary relocation.
  • Travel to Baton Rouge to hear about how the city is reusing existing structures, from refurbishing Louisiana’s Old State Capital complex to transforming an abandoned warehouse into a new local brewery to spur private sector investments.
  • View how longstanding anchor Institutions in Mid-City, such as Lindy Boggs Medical Center/Mercy Hospital, St. Rose De Lima and Bayou Treme Center, are collaborating with residents to plan for and rebuild the area.
  • Meet with community residents in the Central City and Broadmoor neighborhoods who’ve taken control of the effort to rebuild their neighborhoods by becoming planners, amateur architects and engineers.
  • Experience the real Treme in Louis Armstrong’s Storyville community, where stakeholders are linking new housing, transit and jobs to revitalize this historic neighborhood, which is known as the nation’s first neighborhood for free people of color.
  • Find out more about breakthrough green architecture and sustainable design initiatives that are being used to rebuild the historic Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.
  • Get a ground-level view of the Growing Home Incentive Program and the parallel Lot Next Door ordinance, being used to put the city’s thousands of vacant lots and properties into the hands of new owners for reuse.


There are a limited number of spaces for tours, but a few seats are still available. For more information on our workshops, visit our conference website at

Community Progress’ 2012 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference brings together the nation’s leading experts and most committed stakeholders in two plenaries, 30 breakout sessions, training seminars, state and regional caucuses, networking breakfasts and our mobile workshops. Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to access proven solutions to problem properties, from land banks and code enforcement to mortgage modification and tax lien sale reform.

This critical destination for advocates, elected officials, policymakers and stakeholders unpacks the strategies and tools that neighborhoods, cities and states are using to turn the challenge of vacant land and buildings into a foundation on which to build the future.

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The Center for Community Progress works to create vibrant communities and improve the overall economic and social wellbeing of cities and towns in America through the reuse of vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. We serve as the national resource for policy, information, capacity building and training regarding the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned and problem properties; we partner with federal, state and local officials and non-profit organizations that work to reposition these properties; we collaborate with experts on research that contributes to the growing body of public policy on successful reuse; and we serve as the leading national advocacy organization on effective reuse strategies. To learn more,  visit