City of Springfield Illinois recently utilized Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Fellow Megan Willis-Jackson to provide an analysis of the city provide recommendations to address vacant and dilapidated housing, including recommended changes to;
• Inspection processes
• Legal processes
• Office Planning and Economic Development processes

Included among the recommendations changes include updates to its vacant property registry…… with one glaring omission.
On a particularly positive note, the report offers suggestions to transform reactive processes to proactive (i.e. Public Works should move from a reactive to proactive inspection process) along with opportunities to increase broad collaboration (i.e. Develop a toolkit for neighborhood associations detailing resources available to improve properties)
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