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Vacancy — of both homes and land — was once considered mostly a concern of the nation’s Rust Belt, where decades of population decline left some industrial cities scrambling to protect their remaining residents from the side effects of disinvestment. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, however, Americans nationwide are finding vacancy a much more immediate and pervasive problem. This issue of Evidence Matters looks at residential and commercial vacancy from various perspectives and examines the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse their negative effects.

The feature article, “Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets,” reviews the causes and consequences of vacancy and investigates the efforts of governments and nonprofits to better understand and alleviate the problem. “Targeting Strategies for Neighborhood Development,” the Research Spotlight article, explores the typologies of neighborhood distress that cities are employing to better understand local conditions and most effectively target limited resources, demonstrating the importance of data in understanding the scope of the problem.

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Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets

Targeting Strategies for Neighborhood Development

Countywide Land Banks Tackle Vacancy and Blight

Temporary Urbanism: Alternative Approaches to Vacant Land

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EDITOR
Rachelle Levitt

MANAGING EDITOR
Keith Fudge

AUTHORS
Keith Fudge (HUD)
Rob Wellburn (HUD Extern)
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