As Cleveland and Cuyahoga County continue to struggle with issues of property abandonment and deterioration, Frank Ford, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, discusses misconceptions surrounding demolition in a recent article in Shelterforce, a magazine describing national community development issues and practices. To describe community housing issues and trends, Ford uses data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (the Poverty Center)’s NEO CANDO property-data system. He cites the data system as being “widely regarded as one of the best in the country,” amongst many other advanced neighborhood stabilization tools and resources, developed in Cleveland in response to the foreclosure crisis.

The work done by our partners in the Cuyahoga Land Bank, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and the Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council (VAPAC) are also featured in the story.

You can access and use NEO CANDO property data by going to and registering for a free account.

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