The Empty House Next Door
May 15, 2018
Source: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/Center for Community Progress (The Empty House Next Door full report)
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Vacant properties plague struggling U.S. cities, according to new report)
ABOUT THIS REPORT
This report lays the groundwork for exploring the issue of vacancy by defining what is meant by a “vacant” property, what constitutes a “healthy” vacancy rate, how vacant properties are measured, and why properties become vacant and abandoned. It discusses the impact of vacant properties on the communities in which they are situated.
The first part of the report looks at the overall context of vacancy in the United States. The second focuses on hypervacancy: the existence of vacant properties that have become endemic and alter the character of the neighborhood. The next sections describe some of the ways communities across the United States are responding to the problems posed by vacant properties. Finally, the author offers conclusions and recommendations for planners, local governments, city officials, and nonprofits to address these challenges.