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.