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National Vacant Properties Campaign

CAMPAIGN GOALS

The National Vacant Properties Campaign is seeking to make vacant properties reclamation a national priority. To achieve this, we are focusing on four goals:

BUILD A NATIONAL NETWORK TO SUPPORT A NATIONAL MOVEMENT
We plan to cultivate leaders and develop a national network of experts, practitioners and consultants with extensive experience and interest in reclamation efforts. We will recruit a diverse array of leaders, from environmental advocates to real estate professionals.

GIVE COMMUNITIES THE TOOLS THEY NEED
Practitioners are searching for new strategies, policies, and tools that can help them prevent, manage, and rehabilitate vacant properties. The Campaign will focus on disseminating cutting-edge research, identifying and analyzing policy innovations and best practices, presenting model legislation, and informing people about the latest policy developments in the field.

MAKE THE CASE FOR RECLAMATION EFFORTS
Effective communications are essential for transforming ideas into action. We will collect compelling evidence, develop persuasive messages for our spokespeople, determine the best ways to influence top decision makers, and elevate the visibility of the issue for the general public.

PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING
Many communities lack the capacity or expertise to deal with their vacant properties by themselves. The Campaign will provide several forms of expert assistance to help a wide range of communities jump start their vacant property efforts.

Does this mean they would sponsor someone to fix up an abandoned house? I wonder if you could buy an abandoned home through them, fix it up with training on how to do so (from them) and then have a new home for yourself? This could be a cheap way of getting your own home.

SheClicks.com! A woman's way to work the web.

Really nice site, nice look and the content is relevant, not a ton of spam leaping out at you. No spam actually. Lots of site reviews.

One thing- the link to the message boards is coming up 404. To me that is a concern. The site may be abandoned and left to twist in the wind till time expires on the domain. Possibly it's just a broken link they need to fix. But, I could not find a date on the site to see how fresh the content is.

I hope it's still ongoing. It is a great site.

Daylight Abandon -MrCal at Flickr

My ex-husband has taken up photography. I really like this one with the little house hidden in the bushes and trees, along the road. Have a look, some of his photos are really good. He likes a little urban exploration and graveyard haunting too.

There are groups on Flickr geared to urban exploration:
Urban Decay
Rural Decay
Abandoned
Urban Fragments
Wonders of Oxidation
Weathered Wood
Nautical Decay
Bricks
Vanishing Beauty
Graffiti Archaeology
Gargoyles, Grotesques And Angels
Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries
Stones
Pavement
Rocks and Geology
Natural Art
Stone Faces
Cemetery Stone
Stones and Rocks
Paths and Trails
Old Walls Stories
Stones Cobbles and Pebbles
Stone Shields
Pines
Outdoor Steps
Old Stones
The Abandoned Coastline
Ephemera
Parting Gifts
Castles Castillos
Castles of Europe
Palaces, Castles, Towers, Fortresses and Ruins
Ghost Towns
Ghost Signs
Ghosts from the Machine
Ghost Rails
Monsters Live Here
Maximum Urban Photography
Suburban Hell
Urban Negative
Gotham Cities

OK, not all of them were on topic for urban exploration. I just like a lot of things.

Things like night photography...

Night B&W
After Dark
Night Images
In the Dark
Nite Lites
Nighthawks
Daysleepers
Urban Night Shots
No Flash Night Shots
A Shot in the Dark
Sodium Vapor Dreams
Outstanding Night Shots
Lowlight Gallery
Storm Light
Black and White
Black and White Photography
ePictorialism
Photography . Imagination . Creativity . Community . Challenge
Nature Morte- Still Life Photography
Open Shutter Photography
Long Exposure
Backlight
Closer and Closer Macro Photography
Macro Madness
Depth of Field
Photobloggers
LOMO Lomography
Red Rule

I don't think I can really explain this one. I just like it.
Doll Photography