Federalism and Municipal Innovation: Lessons from the Fight Against Vacant Properties
46 The Urban Lawyer 361
16 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2014 Last revised: 3 Oct 2014
Date Written: Spring 2014
Cities possess a far greater ability to be trailblazers on a national scale than local officials may imagine. Realizing this, city advocates continue to call for renewed recognition by state and federal officials of the benefits of creative local problem-solving. The goal is admirable but warrants caution. The key to successful local initiatives lies not in woolgathering about cooperation with other levels of government but in identifying potential conflicts and using hard work and political savvy to build constituencies and head off objections. To demonstrate that point, this Article examines the legal status of local governments and recent efforts to regulate vacant property through land banking and registration ordinances.
Keywords: municipal law, property, vacant property, land banking, local government, federalism, housing, urban studies
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