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December 8, 2019

Asset Based Community Development fuels growth and jobs

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 15:53

Hello Keith one of the most frustrating things for both the economy and environment is the idea of disposable buildings. There are new buildings being build every where yet there are also abandoned buildings also everywhere. It seems developers and construction companies get much more profit from building a new structure than repurposing or renovating an older one. I think this is driving all costs up and who is paying for the old abandoned buildings. The Florida landscape is filled with them. Hugs

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The concept of Asset Based Community Development is one that was spawned from redeveloping blighted areas around a community asset, be it a school, library, church or landmark. For example, a school is more than a place to educate kids; it becomes a community center for after school and evening programs. When the school becomes run down, the surrounding community usually does as well.

Yet, the concept very much applies to redeveloping towns, cities, regions and other venues and has for some time. When New York City subways were a haven for crime back in the 1970s, the city began a daily occurrence of repainting over graffiti. When people saw this, crime diminished as the belief was if the City cares this much about graffiti, they will care also about crime.  The subway was an asset that had to be redeveloped and maintained.

If used wisely assets that have been redeveloped or…

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  1. Scottie, many thanks. I responded on my blog to your comment. The states that have historical tax credits to fund some of the cost to repurpose old buildings are on the money. There is an echo effect in jobs, communities, etc. Someone noted the demise of neighborhoods when old schools are torn down. These were community centers that are needed. Thanks again, Keith

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    Comment by Keith — December 10, 2019 @ 10:53

    • Hello Keith. Especially in historic neighborhoods and areas it is wonderful to see older buildings saved, fixed up, and repurposed. It is more than a waste to see abandoned store fronts and other buildings while down the road new buildings are under construction. The abandoned buildings lower property values, give crime a place to flourish, detract from the feeling of safety of a community. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — December 10, 2019 @ 11:31

      • Agreed. Richmond has a children’s museum in an old train station. I love that. Keith

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        Comment by Keith — December 10, 2019 @ 16:40


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