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Ohio is 1st state to ban plywood on vacant properties 6.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Columbus, Ohio • Boarded-up property will no longer be synonymous with blight in Ohio. The state became the first in the nation this week to outlaw the use of plywood on abandoned and vacant properties. The prohibition was tucked into one of 28 bills signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. John Kasich. It takes effect in 90 days. It’s a boon for a practice known as clear boarding, which has been catching on around the country. Fannie Mae, the federal government-sponsored mortgage association, has be...
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Ohio becomes 1st state to ban plywood on vacant properties 5.1.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boarded-up property will no longer be synonymous with blight in Ohio. With the governor’s signature Wednesday, the state has become the first to outlaw the use of plywood on abandoned and vacant properties. The prohibition was tucked into one of 28 bills signed by Republican John Kasich (KAY’-sik). It’s a boon […]
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Detroit demolishes thousands of structures; many more to go 29.12.2016 AP Top News
DETROIT (AP) -- Remnants of the roof and walls creaked, groaned and then crumpled to the ground Wednesday from what once was an industrial building that covered an entire city block, likely the last structure demolished this year under Detroit's massive blight elimination program....
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Detroit demolishes thousands of structures; many more to go 29.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

DETROIT (AP) — Remnants of the roof and walls creaked, groaned and then crumpled to the ground Wednesday from what once was an industrial building that covered an entire city block, likely the last structure demolished this year under Detroit’s massive blight elimination program. Blows from an excavator methodically destroyed a portion of what had […]
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As illegal warehouse living flourished, Oakland struggled to enforce safety rules - until the Ghost Ship fire 28.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

OAKLAND — This city has long been known as the industrial and trading hub of the Bay Area, dotted with shipping depots, armories as well as many old warehouses and shuttered manufacturing facilities.

And it’s no secret that as rents skyrocketed, some of those warehouses were illegally converted...

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Oakland Warehouse Fire: Despite Warning Signs, City Failed To Intervene 10.12.2016 NPR: Saturday
In Oakland, Ca., officials are trying determine the cause of a fire that killed 36 people attending a dance party in a warehouse. A litany of governmental and bureaucratic failures is emerging.
What was the Ghost Ship? 5.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
As far as city officials in Oakland, California, were concerned, the dilapidated two-story structure at 1305 31st Avenue with the cracked, rusting facade was a warehouse in disrepair.
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Light blight: Art project breathes life into empty buildings 18.11.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Empty homes on blighted blocks here pulse with a ghostly glow every night. Windows in more than 150 abandoned buildings in three upstate New York cities have been fitted with light-emitting diodes that steadily brighten and fade, giving the effect of slow breathing. The two-month public art project provides something pretty […]
NIMBYism rears its head again in L.A.'s fight against homelessness 27.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The long-term solution to homelessness is to provide housing and services to people living on the streets. But in the short term, the homeless have other needs. One is storage space in safe facilities where they can keep their belongings and access them easily and often.  This is the surest and...

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Montgomery proposal aims to crack down on ‘zombie foreclosures’ 21.9.2016 Washington Post
Montgomery proposal aims to crack down on ‘zombie foreclosures’
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Fair housing group: Bank of America foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods are better maintained than those in black and Latino neighborhoods 31.8.2016 Washington Post
Fair housing group: Bank of America foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods are better maintained than those in black and Latino neighborhoods
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Analysis: Trump's view of Middle East would make sense if nobody lived in Middle East 16.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Donald Trump banged the same old drum during a speech on national security Monday in Ohio. The Republican nominee hailed his candidacy as one of strength and toughness, touted his clarity of vision over the troubles that blight the Middle East and endanger America, and grandstanded once more on the threat of “radical Islam.” Nearly the entire national security establishment in Washington — which includes many card-carrying Republicans — seems to balk at the notion that Trump could be a viable, q... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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As US housing recovers, low incomes keep Detroit far behind 7.8.2016 AP Business
DETROIT (AP) -- Ann and Oscar Mack had fallen behind on property taxes and knew they faced foreclosure on their home of 20 years. But they didn&apos;t know their house on Maiden Street, in a blighted east side Detroit neighborhood, was already listed for auction....
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As US housing recovers, low incomes keep Detroit far behind 7.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

DETROIT (AP) — Ann and Oscar Mack had fallen behind on property taxes and knew they faced foreclosure on their home of 20 years. But they didn’t know their house on Maiden Street, in a blighted east side Detroit neighborhood, was already listed for auction. No one “let us know we were about to lose […]
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‘Everybody is still in pain.’ But is it finally getting better in riot-scarred Baltimore? 31.7.2016 Washington Post
More than a year after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the six officers charged in the case have gone free. But while many in the nation long ago moved their attention elsewhere, Baltimore cannot.
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Detroit razes 10,000th vacant house under Duggan blight plan 19.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

DETROIT (AP) — A two-story, wood-frame house on Detroit’s northwest side became the 10,000th vacant structure torn down as part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s massive plan to eliminate blight. An excavator was used to quickly tear down the house Tuesday on Marlowe Street. It was another win in a yearslong battle to improve Detroit neighborhoods. […]
Ruling: Lender cannot suddenly change your locks if you miss mortgage payments 18.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled this month that mortgage lenders may not take possession of a property before foreclosure in response to missed mortgage payments.
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Washington state invalidates common mortgage provision 17.7.2016 AP Business
SEATTLE (AP) -- Laura Jordan came home from work one day to find herself locked out. She had missed two mortgage payments, and the company servicing her loan had changed the locks without warning....
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A wealthy U.S. family fights to control a key route to Canada 2.7.2016 Washington Post
A wealthy U.S. family fights to control a key route to Canada
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Blight reduction effort used in Illinois slammed by U.S. watchdog 28.6.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Illinois blight fighters are disputing a taxpayer watchdog's report that casts doubt on the effectiveness of a federally funded effort to demolish vacant and abandoned homes left over from the nation's housing crisis. The report, by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief ...
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