Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
One of the most daunting issues facing local governments in the last decade has been the problem of vacant and abandoned properties, or "blight." On Friday, November 3, Albany Law School hosted the program Community Renewal and Its Discontents, an interdisciplinary conference featuring multiple panels and workshops exploring topics related to local government, blight, scarcity, and renewal in both urban and rural landscapes.
Joseph Schilling of the Urban Institute delivered the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law keynote address. Panelists included Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan ’94; Meghan Cook, Center for Technology in Government, UAlbany; Christine Marino, Niagara Falls Community Development; Adam Zaranko, Albany County Land Bank; and other experts across New York State and the East Coast. For a complete list of participants, visit albanylaw.edu/renewal.
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"The goal really is
to expand people's horizons and have them understand these multiple
dimensions of blight, so, thinking about that blight is connected to
property and to people," Schilling told WAMC radio.
"Too often we detach ourselves from that human aspect of what it means
to live in and around blighted properties." Added Albany Law School
Professor Christine Chung, "We have a variety of looks and a variety of
panels discussing how we fund community renewal, what tools we use when
thinking about community renewal, what does renewal look like again in
our suburban in our rural and in our urban environment."
Renewal and Its Discontents was free and open to the public, with up to
three free continuing legal education (CLE) credits offered. The
program was presented by the Government Law Center at Albany Law School and the Institute for Financial Market Regulation. It was made possible by the support of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region.