High-Profile Political Meetings and City Clean-Up Initiatives

The Democrats will head to Chicago and Republicans to Milwaukee for their respective National Conventions

All eyes are on Milwaukee this week as they host the Republican National Convention (RNC). Later this summer focus will shift to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago. High-profile political meetings and city clean-up initiatives often coincide. Cities direct significant resources to reduce blight, beautify urban decay, and remove illegal dumping. While security infrastructure […]

Blight Survey: What Is It & How To Do One

A blight survey is the process of inventorying municipal housing stock to understand what percentage or number of residential and commercial structures are in a state of disrepair or decay. Because there is no single, universal definition of ‘blight’ and no single, universal method of surveying, the results of blight surveys vary across city lines. […]

2024 Guide to Code Enforcement Conferences

Happy code enforcement conference season! February kicks off a number of code enforcement conferences and industry expos around the country. Trade shows and industry or professional conferences are great opportunities to connect, learn, and adapt to the ever-changing environment of code enforcement. Every year, there are new technological advancements, new regulations, new research on human […]

Revitalizing Cities Through Grassroots Initiatives

Volunteers cleaning up a park

In previous posts, we’ve talked about external drivers for urban redevelopment. (Check out how high-profile political meetings and mega-sporting events can accelerate change.) External forces may accelerate and highlight urban redevelopment initiatives. Still, the remarkable impact of initiatives like Refuse Refuse and other community-driven efforts are making a significant difference in city clean-up events and […]

Trash Talk: From Litter to Illegal Dumping

Broken trash bag on a busy city street

From litter to illegal dumping, solid waste management is a big and complex issue impacting community health, environmental sustainability, and city budgets. Dilapidated buildings, littered streets, and neglected public spaces affect a city’s aesthetics and profoundly impact its residents’ quality of life. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that “perceived beauty or aesthetic character […]

Mega Events and Urban Transformation

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As we approach major sporting events like the 2024 NCAA college football championship in Houston and Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, urban transformation initiatives and preparation for these events have come into focus. “There is perhaps no larger sports policy decision than the decision to host or bid to host a mega-event like the […]

Using ARPA Funds to Fight Urban Blight

Money falling from a partially cloudy sky over a dense urban landscape

To some, the pandemic may feel like a distant memory, but to many states and municipalities, there are still funding sources available related to pandemic relief.

Prep Together: 10 Community Engagement Activities

Adults talking at a community fair

September is a busy time… back to school, Labor Day celebrations, and National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a month-long national campaign organized and sponsored by FEMA.