Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Case Studies in Addressing Neighborhood Vacancy and Blight

Addressing Vacancy and Blight Case Studies

The International Economic Development Council has released a new publication on case studies in addressing neighborhood vacancy and blight. Six brief case studies highlight strategies used around the United States to help stabilize neighborhoods and reverse the sprawl of vacancy and blight. Learn about these strategies and how your community can address neighborhood vacancy and blight.

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The six case studies highlighted are:

    • Data-Driven Strategies -  New Orleans, LA: Facing nearly 44,000 vacant properties post-Katrina in 2010, New Orleans has implemented three data driven strategies to help reduce the number of vacant properties by 13,000.
    • “Doors and Windows” Ordinance – Philadelphia, PA: The City has leveraged a local ordinance that requires all buildings to have working doors and windows to inspect 13,000 properties and ticket 9,000. This has increased Philadelphia home values and brought in $2.2 million in tax transfers since 2011.
    • ReClaim – Pittsburgh, PA: A program that trains community members to turn vacant land green. The program has cleaned up 56 acres of vacant land, and installed 23 permanent projects.
    • Cuyahoga Land Bank – Cleveland, OH: Considered one of the most effective land banks in the country, Cuyahoga Land Bank has demolished 2,401 blighted properties and facilitated the rehabilitation of 796 during a five-year period.
    • REVOLVE Detroit – Detroit, Michigan: A collaborative program that partners with local leaders, building owners, entrepreneurs, and artists to activate vacant storefronts with transformational businesses and art installations.
    • Neighborhood Clean Sweep Program – Warren, MI: A successful program that has issued 30,000 ordinance violations warnings since 2008 after house-by-house inspection efforts that targets residential and commercial buildings for blight violations.

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This research project was accomplished through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)’s Economic Adjustment Assistance Project No. 01-79-14223.  The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

This report is part of a larger compendium of research and technical assistance produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, which focuses on long-term economic recovery of disaster-impacted communities in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and Washington, DC that received a federal disaster declaration during FY2011. IEDC greatly appreciates input and assistance received from its members and stakeholders who participated in research and interviews for this report, and would like to acknowledge those who contributed greatly to the content of this report.