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Next CityJoin us for a benefit centered around storytellingon November 15 in New York. Plus, if you missed Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, check out our liveblog for strategies your community can implement to mitigate land vacancy.
CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF URBAN CHANGE & SUPPORT 10 MORE
This November will mark Next City’s 10-year anniversary. Over the past decade, we’ve continually spotlighted the work of urban advocates, provided in-depth reporting on politics, economies, infrastructure, livability and culture in cities around the world, gathered the best and brightest young urban leaders at our Vanguard conferences, and pushed for progressive urban policies to reshape cities.
We’ve decided to commemorate this anniversary with a special evening of storytelling at the renownedJoe’s Pub in New York. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Next City in continuing to publish quality journalism about urban affairs, organizing future Vanguard conferences and producing events in cities across the country.
This fundraiser won’t be another panel discussion, but rather a benefit centered around powerful first-person stories from inspiring individuals whose work continues to transform urban America. Toby BarlowMajora CarterTod Williams and Billie TsienChoire SichaSudhir VenkateshDarren Walkerand others will share reflections on work and life in our changing urban world. Join us on November 15 and mingle with the speakers, as well as Next City’s friends, supporters and staff, over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the program begins. Space is limited. Purchase your ticket today.
NEW APPROACHES FOR MANAGING LAND VACANCY
The Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference hosted 33 sessions, seven seminars and seven mobile tours last week in Philadelphia. Representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors came together to discuss and outline possible solutions for abandoned properties in cities across the country. Our bloggers tracked the symposium on Twitterand on nextcity.org. See our liveblog for recaps, strategies, analysis and interviews from #RVP2013.
STORIES FROM THE 2013 RECLAIMING VACANT PROPERTIES CONFERENCE
When Trash Bags and Gardening Tools Can Help Fight Crime
The work of the Philadelphia Land Care Program and the rewards of greening, cleaning and maintaining vacant lots.
Baltimore’s Three-Part System for Dealing With Vacant Properties
The simple formula that has cut the city’s number of vacant properties by 20 percent in just five years.
“A Lot of Tiny Pieces Lost”
Preservationists argue that rehabilitation and adaptive reuse can help shrinking cities become more desirable and healthier places to live.
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