Tackling the Challenge of Blight in Baltimore: An Evaluation of Baltimore’s Vacants to Values Program

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In 2015, after the program had been underway for five years, the City of Baltimore commissioned the Center for Community Progress, in partnership with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and the Schaefer Center of the University of Baltimore, to conduct an evaluation of the City’s Vacants to Value (V2V) program, and make recommendations for future program directions. This report is our response to that charge. It includes the results of our quantitative or statistical analysis of V2V program interventions and their effect on the neighborhoods in which they were pursued, as well as our qualitative findings from the interviews and focus groups we conducted with City officials, developers, neighborhood leaders, and others.