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Aug

Vacancy: America’s Other Housing Crisis

Share List The image of America’s housing crisis is of pricey, increasingly unaffordable housing in superstar cities. And there is too little housing—a scarcity—in those places. But there is another, even more disturbing side to America’s housing crisis: vacancy, and in some cases hyper-vacancy, in the nation’s hard-pressed Rust Belt cities. This other side of…

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Aug

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Help Northumberland County Eliminate Blight

Share List Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to eliminate blight in municipalities across Northumberland County, revitalizing communities and bringing the potential for further economic development in the area. “Strong communities help to build a strong economy and my administration is committed to addressing blight and has invested in community redevelopment that enhances this goal,”…

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Aug

City Hopes to Document 6,500 Houses in a Day

Share List The city of Sharon plans to make a significant advance in the battle against blight, and to do so, it’s going try something never before done in Pennsylvania. City leaders, along with county and state officials, collaborated on a plan to survey every house in the city on Sept. 15, said Melissa Lynn Holmes, Sharon’s community and economic development…

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Aug

Blight Battle to Expand Countywide

Share List Lackawanna County’s battle against blight finally appears to be ready to move beyond Scranton’s city limits. County officials recently began assembling a task force on blight through the Lackawanna County Land Bank in conjunction with NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that provides home ownership assistance, credit and debt counseling and other services. As…

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Aug

How Cities Can Incorporate Green Technology to Improve Resident Outcomes and Save Billions

Share List Cities across the country experience higher summer temperatures and worse air pollution than surrounding suburban and rural areas, and low-income communities in cities—which generally have greater population density, dark surfaces, and less tree coverage—feel these effects even more. Excess heat and poor air quality are tied to increased health problems, high energy bills,…

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31Jul

The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: 10 Years of Productive Reuse

Share List The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) recently released their newest publication, The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: 10 Years of Productive Reuse. This publication includes conservatorship case studies from Allegheny County, a look inside Philadelphia’s use, and policy surrounding the law. Because blight and abandonment negatively impact Pennsylvania’s property owners, business districts, and…

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Jul

Pennsylvania is Getting Tighter Regulations for Recovery Homes. Will They Improve a Faulty System?

Share List The reason Bristol, Pa., officials pursued recovery home ordinances for their township was simple: “People were dying” in unregulated homes, said Bristol Township Council President Craig Bowen. In Philadelphia, there are many recovery homes that have little oversight. But, according to regulations passed in August 2016, Bristol recovery home owners have several boxes…

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