Blight Eradication in Virginia's Urban Cities: The Danville Experience

APA Virginia Chapter


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In 2011 the City of Danville began its search for ways to tackle urban blight. A 2010 citywide housing analysis concluded that over 2,000 of the City's residential housing stock (17%More ) was in poor, dilapidated, and/or vacant condition. With such a serious dilemma, the City turned to experts such as Allan Mallach, Charles Buki, and the Center for Community Progress (CCP) for assistance. In similarly situated communities, Land Banks were identified as an essential tool in the arsenal of communities, like Danville, which had begun to turn their blighted communities around. However, it was not until 2016, after extensive lobbying efforts by advocates such as Danville Councilman Lee Vogler, that the Virginia General Assembly approved legislation that would allow localities in Virginia to create land bank entities.

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