SUCCESS STORIES

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Publicizing your actions to remove community blight inspires others throughout the state. Celebrate your success! 

Here are a few stories from West Virginia communities. We encourage you to reach out to the contact person provided to learn more about how their approach might work in your community. If you have a story to share, contact us!

Little Free Libraries Brighten Up WV Towns

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Little Free Libraries are miniature structures filled with books that promote literacy while contributing to community beautification as functional public art. Click for the full story.

Gateway BAD Building Undergoes Demolition

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A demo crew recently took down a former tire center that loomed menacingly over downtown Fairmont, one of over 300 blighted properties in the volunteer-led BAD Building Group’s inventory. Click for the full story.

Wheeling Finds Success with Vacant Property Registry

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Since an initial Vacant Property Registry of nearly 400 properties, Wheeling has whittled the list down to 182 properties, highlighting the progress of the program over the first few years. Click for the full story.

Huntington in Bloom

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Through America in Bloom, Huntington expanded resident grassroots efforts to beautify the city. Click for the full story.

Huntington Land Bank Turns Properties to Productive Use

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Land speculators often buy up properties at tax sales just to earn money on the interest, abandoning the properties to become havens for drugs or prostitution. Huntington determined to solve this problem through a land bank. Click here for the full story.