Landscaping and vehicle barriers installed on vacant lot.

“We Live Here.” Communities design installations to stop dumping and reclaim their neighborhoods

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A few years back, a paint store on Torrance St on the Northeast side of Flint, MI closed down. There’s a small alley between the store’s old building and a vacant lot. Before the store’s closure, trucks used that alley to make deliveries. But now, it’s prime real estate for dumping.  “Torrance is a side street. It’s very dark. It’s …

Partners getting onto one of the Detroit Bus Company's buses to tour vacant land reuse options in Detroit. (1200x600)

Partners From 3 Cities Share Best Practices for Greening and Look Ahead

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Written by Emily Torres and Laney Rupp, MPH. As MI-YVPC’s core project enters its final year in this grant cycle, our partners gathered in Michigan to share, learn, and discuss next steps.  The three-day Learning Exchange included time in Flint, Ann Arbor, and Detroit for presentations, tours, brainstorming sessions, and networking. The overall goals of the Learning Exchange were to …

Busy Streets Theory in Action: Building Safe and Empowered Neighborhoods in Flint’s University Avenue Corridor

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In a recently published article, Laney Rupp, a researcher with MI-YVPC, explored the development of “busy streets” in Flint, MI. We sat down with her and asked about the underlying theory and her conclusions. Can you describe what busy streets theory is? Why does it matter for preventing crime and violence? Many people are familiar with broken windows theory, which …

MI-YVPC/CCP National Survey Wrap-Up

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We want to thank everyone who participated in the MI-YVPC/CCP National Survey to document the value and impact of vacant property care across the U.S. The survey has now closed. We are happy to report that we received responses from land banks, government agencies, and non-profits across 27 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico. States pictures in lighter green had …