The Empty House Next Door
“Alan Mallach is the sage of the national vacant properties movement. There is no one better qualified to tell the story of vacant property trends, impacts, and strategies through data and model practices. He patiently explains the underlying drivers, data points, and strategies in a concise and insightful manner that is accessible to practitioners and policy makers. Empty House Next Door strikes a good balance between its accessibility to these prime audiences and its relevance for those of us who straddle the areas of practice and applied policy research.”
— Joseph Schilling, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
Renowned city planner and housing advocate Alan Mallach assesses the problem of vacant properties in the United States and recommends mitigation strategies for local officials, nonprofits, and community leaders. Vacancies in the United States skyrocketed during the Great Recession. While many cities with robust demand for housing have recovered, the picture is very different in the nation’s legacy cities — the former industrial centers of the American heartland. The examples in this report illustrate creative strategies to reduce the harm caused by vacant properties, jump-start housing markets in struggling neighborhoods, create the potential for future revival, and transform vacant properties into community assets.