Journal Article Abating Neighborhood Blight with Collaborative Policy Networks—Where Have we Been? Where are we Going?
Kermit Lind, Joseph Schilling
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Local government officials and community-based organizations have launched numerous initiatives to combat blighted properties. Cities have formed coalitions of lawyers, city officials, developers, and professors to fix ineffective policies and programs to reclaim vacant properties. Emerging from these collaborations and experiments is a national network of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers who have developed a common language, shared strategies, and stretched legal and policy boundaries. These coalitions helped develop and transfer innovative laws, policies, plans, and programs that can more systematically prevent, abate, and reclaim vacant and blighted properties. This article traces the evolution of these networks and the seeds of a blight policy movement.

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Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center