A recently released report from the University of Michigan outlines a plan to care for vacant property in economically hard-hit Genesee County. With the drawn out economic downturn, among more long-term factors, many communities across the country face similar obstacles. The once-vibrant communities now seemed destined for mention in a guidebook to American Ghost Towns.
The report, Vacant Property Now & Tomorrow, seeks and names alternatives to that destiny. It details how county leaders can use sound environmental planning to make that section of the state a more attractive place to live and do business. The Genesee County Land Bank Authority (GCLBA) already owns nearly 4,000 vacant lots or unoccupied buildings just in the City of Flint, the county seat.
Finding fresh use for abandoned lands is part of the solution for a secure food future. Keeping communities strong is something we can all help with.