Vacancy, Parking and Neighborhood Change: A Proposal to Generate New Public Revenues Through Innovative Interim Users
McRae, Monike Santana
Since the late 1960s there has been significant research to support the premise that vacant and blighted property have a negative effect on public welfare. As the chief advocate for the welfare and interests of citizens, Municipalities have engaged in a variety of abatement strategies to combat the public nuisance posed by vacant and blighted properties, including tools such as increases in police powers and taxation. Due to the costly nature of these abatement strategies, Municipalities would benefit greatly by thinking outside the box. For instance, what if vacant/blighted properties could leverage their own excess capacity in order to provide a financial pipeline for their own abatement? This thesis provides two policy solutions to mitigating the spillover effect of vacant and blighted property through the temporary use of inherent excess capacity. The excess capacity of vacant and blighted property is tied to the value of the land. By maximizing land value, cities can recapture the cost of vacancy and blight abatement.
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