Vacant Land Watch
We know that vacant land has a devastating impact on Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and costs the city millions of dollars in maintenance costs and uncollected taxes. For years, city agencies and organizations have researched and analyzed the root causes of blight and how it spreads, identified policies and practices that present obstacles to redevelopment, and proposed numerous solutions. Yet Philadelphia struggles to implement reforms for vacant land management that would quickly and efficiently bring abandoned properties back into productive use.
The Building Industry Association (BIA) Government Affairs Committee and members of the FixItPhilly Coalition have formed a Vacant Property Subcommittee that will revisit the findings and recommendations of past studies on vacant land, research best practices in other cities, identify critical fixes, prioritize action steps, and help push reforms forward. Recently, Mayor Nutter has convened a working committee of city agencies and other stakeholders to do the same and we hope to provide valuable input into that effort.
Visit Vacant Land Watch for updates and to track the latest research, news, and opinion on Philadelphia’s vacant land policies.
Click here for a listing of prior studies and reports that provide insight into the current challenges of vacant land management in Philadelphia.