LPI’s Borowy presented Building Prosperous Places Study at Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
In June, Tyler Borowy, MSU Land Policy Institute's research coordinator, presented at the 2012 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in New Orleans, LA, hosted by the Center for Community Progress.
In June, Tyler Borowy, MSU Land Policy Institute's research coordinator, presented at the 2012 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in New Orleans, LA, hosted by the Center for Community Progress. This year’s event focused on “Remaking America for the 21st Century.” More than 600 registrants attended the conference to learn about strategies, experiences and best practices in land banking, public-private partnerships, revitalization and converting vacant properties into productive properties, from more than 100 thinkers and practitioners.
Borowy presented at the “Incorporating Place-Based Strategies into Neighborhood-based Revitalization Efforts” session alongside Nigel Griswold, visiting fellow at the Center for Community Progress; Ian Beniston, deputy director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; and Lilah Zautner, sustainability manager at Neighborhood Progress, Inc. Griswold initiated the presentation by providing a context for placemaking and place-based strategies. Next, Beniston highlighted the Idora Neighborhood’s efforts in Youngstown (OH) to reduce vacancy through strategic demolition, stabilizing blocks, promoting homeownership, reusing land and establishing neighborhood identity. Zautner discussed Neighborhood Progress, Inc.’s Re-Imagining Cleveland Program. Her presentation primarily addressed utilizing land reuse strategies as catalysts for addressing vacant property. Specific efforts included establishing a “greenspace” network, promoting ecosystem restoration, beautification, creating energy and establishing agriculture and community gardens.
In his presentation on “Barriers and Perceptions to Placemaking and Place-Based Strategies,” Borowy highlighted findings from LPI’s recent study, Building Prosperous Places. He touched on the survey results from bankers, local units of government and developers. Borowy also provided some statistics on how specific place-based elements, such as a major corridor, a university, a commercial district and other amenities, impacted home sale prices in the City of Lansing. Following his presentation, he led roughly 50 participants from across the U.S. in an interactive session in which the audience discussed some of the strategies they utilized, and barriers they have faced, to address vacancy and abandonment in their own communities.
For information about the conference and presentations, visit Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference.