Land-bank use gains popularity across Central Ohio

Source: Columbus Dispatch, photo by Eric Albrecht

Source: Columbus Dispatch, photo by Eric Albrecht

Abandoned and decrepit buildings aren’t just an urban problem.

Urban and rural areas all across Ohio see ample abandoned properties and blight, but land banks are a really great solution to this. Land banks are collaborations within county governments and non-profits that acquire and demolish abandoned properties. Neighbors can then buy part of the lot to extend their side yard or it can become a community garden or other green space.

In Central Ohio, Franklin County has a strong land bank, but Fairfield County is just starting up. Likewise, Licking County is in the explorative stages.

Read more in this Columbus Dispatch article.

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