Karen Black

Karen Black
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Karen Black is the CEO of May 8 Consulting, a woman-owned social impact consulting firm based in Philadelphia that helps communities to attract and regulate investment to achieve equitable growth. Black is also a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Role Student Housing Plays in Communities

Off-campus housing for college students has grown extensively over the last decade, and communities across the country are hoping to gain control over its spread and potential negative impact on neighborhoods and available affordable housing.

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 whose...