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What Helps or Hinders Nonprofit Developers in Reusing Vacant, Abandoned, and Contaminated Property?

What Helps or Hinders Nonprofit Developers in Reusing Vacant, Abandoned, and Contaminated Property?

Where vacant, abandoned, and contaminated properties concentrate, community development corporations and nonprofit developers continue to work on redevelopment and reuse of property and can transform cities after abandonment. In the period from the late 1980s to the beginning of the 2008 recession, Cleveland’s nonprofit developers reused much more land than Detroit’s, despite nearly identical indicators of demand for land. Cleveland’s developers had more capacity because the city’s community development system was stronger than Detroit’s. Cleveland’s community development corporations benefited from substantial funding from city government, financial incentives for homeownership and housing development, inexpensive land through a land bank, a strong local intermediary, substantial funding from foundations, a city-wide housing development organization, and strong working relationships among actors in different sectors of the industry.

Author: Margaret Dewar
Publication: In Margaret Dewar and June Manning Thomas, eds., The City after Abandonment, pp. 174-196.
Published: January 2012
http://closup.umich.edu/files/closup-wp-4-nonprofit-reuse-land.pdf

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