Developing a Shared Vision and Strategies to Address Vacancy and Abandonment in the City of St. Louis

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In September 2015, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) selected the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), also referred to as the Land Bank, of the City of St. Louis as one of three successful applicants for the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). TASP is a competitive merit scholarship program for communities that are ready to engage in a forward-thinking technical assistance process to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their communities. As the nation’s oldest land bank established in 1971, the LRA requested support in evaluating the policies and systems impacting their inventory of properties, which has remained steady in size over the past four decades with approximately 11,000 properties, although the physical and marketable quality of the inventory has continued to decline.