PD&R Quarterly Briefing: Challenge and Opportunity of Vacancy
Date: April 10, 2014
Title: PD&R Quarterly Briefing: Challenge and Opportunity of Vacancy
Speaker: Congressman, Dan Kildee
Panel: Terry Schwarz- Director of CUDC; Yolanda Chavez- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development; Alan Mallach-Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress; Kim Graziani- Vice President and Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress
Description: CUDC Director, Terry Schwarz, was part of a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC, on Thursdays, April 10, 2014. This quarterly meeting examined Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets. Building on the current issue of Evidence Matters this update considered vacancy from various perspectives and examine the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse its negative effects. The panel discusses land banks that assemble parcels of land and maintain vacant properties until the land can be returned to productive use. In addition short-term uses such as stores, parks, and art projects that bring vibrancy to otherwise blighted spaces will be discussed.
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