Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Emptiest U.S. cities

According to "America's emptiest cities, 2012" from CNBC:

Each quarter, the Census Bureau publishes data on homeowner and rental vacancies in the 75 largest cities. Listed here are the [ten] cities with the most vacancies, using a weighted ranking of both rental and homeowner vacancies based on a 12-month average of both kinds of vacancy rates to smooth out sampling errors. Weights are assigned to rental and homeowner vacancies according to the national proportion of homes to rental properties in the U.S. Our list reveals the most significant outliers in both categories relative to other major U.S. cities.

1.  Orlando
2.  Dayton, Ohio
3.  Memphis
4.  Detroit
5.  Richmond, Virginia
6.  Las Vegas
7.  Atlanta
8.  Houston
9.  Tampa
10. Toledo
Image of vacant properties in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, from Church Hill People's News blog.

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