City of Springfield, IL recently utilized Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Fellow Megan Willis-Jackson to provide an analysis, and  recommendations to address vacant and dilapidated housing. Recommended changes included changes to;

  • Inspection processes
  • Legal processes
  • Office Planning and Economic Development processes

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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