From Blight to Beautification: Jacksonville's Clean, Green Initiative
12/21/2015 - The city has taken a fresh approach to address neighborhood blight. This final article in our blight reduction series looks at Jacksonville's community cleanup and beautification initiative.
RISE Up: Birmingham Battles Blight
12/15/2015 - Through its RISE initiative—which stands for Remove blight, Increase value, Strengthen neighborhoods, and Empower residents—Birmingham is using its land bank authority to help clear tax delinquent properties and encourage investment. This second article in a series explores that effort.
Community Prosecution: A Strategy to Tackle Blight with Communities
12/09/2015 - Community prosecution is one method to mitigate crime in a community through a proactive and decentralized approach to problem solving. This first article in a series looks at how the city of Dallas is using community prosecution to reduce blight in target neighborhoods.
Fighting Neighborhood Blight
12/01/2015 - How might communities deal with vacant, abandoned, and "problem" properties? We introduce a discussion paper that examines successful blight remediation strategies in two southeastern cities, New Orleans and Macon.
Citizen Engagement in Community Development
11/04/2015 - Some municipalities are using community development initiatives that capitalize on the strengths of the community and its residents to improve living conditions. But what motivates residents to engage with their local government in the first place? This article investigates findings from an Atlanta example.