31 May '13, 12pm

Innovative program helps convert vacant properties into rehabbed homes: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

Innovative program helps convert vacant properties into rehabbed homes: #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

“[Vacants to Value] presents a blueprint for redeveloping the many thousands of vacant properties located in areas the city has determined have viable real estate markets that, with limited public activity, can attract private investment, be rehabbed, and re-occupied. In these areas, the city expects a private property owner to be able either to sell his property unimproved or, after investing to make it habitable, be able to rent or sell it. “V2V also emphasizes using private market forces, rather than public capital, to target approximately 700 vacant properties located in weak market areas. Investments in these areas will be on a large enough scale--encompassing at least a city block--to catalyze additional private investment. These projects will incorporate mixed-income housing development. V2V acknowledges that it cannot rid Baltimore of all its vacant houses. Instead...

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nrdc.org 31 May '13, 3pm

Sigourney Weaver narrates this 2-minute video about the Natural Resources Defense Council. We are the nation's most effect...