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Battling blight

City of Knoxville Neighborhood Coordinator David Massey talks about the impact of blight on a community as he reviews Bringing buildings back: from abandoned properties to community assets: a guidebook for policymakers and practitioners by Alan Mallach. 

“Mallach is a principal in the Center for Community Progress, a nationally acclaimed team of experts who have assisted the City of Knoxville and other Tennessee cities in efforts to adopt a more proactive approach to abandoned, blighted and vacant properties,” Massey says. “His work is exhaustive in its detailed explanation of the tools and best practices used across the country, including Knoxville, to combat blight.” 

In Bringing Buildings Back, Mallach pulls together insights from law, economics, planning, and design to address all sides of the problem, from how abandonment can be prevented to how best to bring these properties back into productive reuse. (Recorded April 18, 2012)

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Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May

Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.