Karen Black

Karen Black
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Karen Black is the CEO of May 8 Consulting Inc. based in Philadelphia, which coordinate the Philly Land Bank Alliance and have been working to fix Philadelphia’s broken vacant land system since 2001.

Think Scattered Site Rehab Is Too Expensive? Think Again.

Vacant properties are so persistent in part because it's too expensive to do anything with them. At least that's the assumption. It's much simpler, goes this reasoning, and more cost-effective, to construct and manage a new multifamily building than to try to rehab and manage single-family homes spread over a wide area. But what if that's just not true?

Philadelphia Achieves Land Bank Through Compromise

Philadelphia is about to become the largest city in the country with a land bank.A land bank is a nonprofit or government agency...