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Pennsylvania Legislation Enables Municipalities to Create Land Banks
Pennsylvania municipalities have a new tool to acquire, manage, and dispose of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties to facilitate their redevelopment and reuse. Legislation effective in December 2012 states that land banks may be created in Pennsylvania by a city, county, borough, township, or an incorporated town with a population of more than 10,000 residents, or two or more municipalities with populations of less than 10,000 residents that enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement (ICA). School districts may be part of an ICA.
Addressing Baltimore’s Abandoned Housing
Abandoned housing has afflicted many Rust Belt cities since the mid-20th century as their populations declined and housing stocks aged. Many of these cities have attempted policy solutions to address excess abandoned housing due to its association with higher crime, lower nearby property values, and public health issues. In this post, we explore Baltimore's abandoned housing problem and how the city has addressed it with policy as well as a promising proposed strategy by a community organization.