One approach to improving your community is to demolish a vacant or abandoned building. But what happens with the vacant lot? It’s best to have a plan in place for the reuse of the site, because an abandoned empty lot can also contribute to blight — adding to the same problems you are trying to avoid by taking down a property. Some communities, for instance, have turned to “green” solutions such as establishing a mini park.
Alam Mallach, city planner, writer and senior fellow with the Center For Community Progress, wrote a study that looks at best practices for demolition. Click here to listen to a 10-minute conversation that highlights his findings.
Here’s a link to his study, titled “Laying the Groundwork For Change: Demolition, Urban Strategy, and Policy Reform.