Blight Eradication in Virginia's Urban Cities: The Danville Experience

APA Virginia Chapter


Monday, December 18, 2017
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In 2011 the City of Danville began its search for ways to tackle urban blight. A 2010 citywide housing analysis concluded that over 2,000 of the City's residential housing stock (17%More ) was in poor, dilapidated, and/or vacant condition. With such a serious dilemma, the City turned to experts such as Allan Mallach, Charles Buki, and the Center for Community Progress (CCP) for assistance. In similarly situated communities, Land Banks were identified as an essential tool in the arsenal of communities, like Danville, which had begun to turn their blighted communities around. However, it was not until 2016, after extensive lobbying efforts by advocates such as Danville Councilman Lee Vogler, that the Virginia General Assembly approved legislation that would allow localities in Virginia to create land bank entities.

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Earl Reynolds

Earl Reynolds has more than 25 years of experience in local and regional government. Prior to joining the City of Danville as Director of Community Development, he served as Director of Housing and Community Development for Total Action Against Poverty, Inc. in Roanoke. He was also Deputy Executive Director for ... Read More

Ken Larking

Larking has more than 17 years of experience in government. Prior to joining the city, he was assistant county manager in Moore County, N.C., for three years, town manager in Yadkinville, N.C., for seven years and budget and performance manager in Hickory, N.C., for four years. He ... Read More

J. Lee Vogler

J. Lee Vogler was elected to Danville City Council in May 2012, becoming the youngest person ever elected to that position, at age 24. A native of Southside Virginia, Mr. Vogler graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He is currently employed ... Read More

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