On October 6, 2011, one of the founding members of Take Back Vacant Land, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, sponsored a symposium at Philadelphia’s City Hall. This event was co-sponsored by the National Housing Institute and funded by the Oak Foundation. The symposium featured some of the most innovative leaders of the municipal land bank and community land trust movements in the United States. The speakers were asked to describe the strengths of each strategy in redeveloping vacant land, as well as the opportunity for land bank-land trust collaboration.
This page presents video recordings of the full remarks of the main speakers, along with a 15-minute summary video of highlights from the entire symposium.
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES & PRESENTATION MATERIALS
NORA LICHTASH, Women's Community Revitalization Project
- Women’s Community Revitalization Project: www.wcrpphila.com
- WCRP’s Land Use Plan for Eastern North Philadelphia
DAN KILDEE, Center for Community Progress
CHRIS NORMAN, Atlanta Land Bank Authority
JOHN BARROS, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
TONY PICKETT, Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative
COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS
The modern community land trust movement was born in Georgia in 1969, when leaders of the civil rights movement sought to achieve secure access to land for African American farmers. Today there are more than 240 community land trusts across the country. These land trusts have helped to create over 10,000 permanently affordable homes and also hold land for community centers, gardens and local businesses.
For more information, go to www.cltnetwork.org
For more information, go to www.communityprogress.net