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The five steps of the BAD Buildings Model: 1. Form a team 2. Train a team 3. Develop an inventory 4. Create a redevelopment plan 5. Implement the plan.   

Check out Mobilize community & develop inventory below to get started. For planning and implementation, click on a specific category below. If you’re looking for a specific tool, we have a comprehensive list of all the tools on this site.


Ribbon cutting ceremony with community members

Mobilize Community and Develop Inventory

Do you see blight in your neighborhood and need to rally your community to help address it? Once you mobilize your community to action, the next step is to identify, assess, and develop an inventory of problem properties. 



Broken window of a dilapidated buildingManage a Problem Property

Do you have an abandoned or vacant property in your community? A critical step is to communicate with private property owners. Visit this page for support on communicating with property owners and encouraging owner responsibility. 



Hand drawn redevelopment blueprints plan

Reuse a Property

Do you have an abandoned, vacant or dilapidated property and are unsure how it can be used to improve your neighborhood’s economic viability? Visit this page for support on visioning and ideas for property reuse, as well as referrals for real estate developers. 



Abandoned and dilapidated factoryManage a Brownfield

A brownfield is “real property that is either contaminated or has the perception of being contaminated.” Visit this page for suggestions on how to handle a brownfield property.




Rubble from a demolitionDemolish a Property

Do you have an abandoned, vacant or dilapidated property that is a potential safety hazard? Clearing a site that poses a threat can allow for new, useful construction or more greenspace for your community. Visit this page for information and referrals to technical consultants. 



Person Writing Redevelopment PlanPrevent Blight

Blight negatively impacts communities by increasing infrastructure costs, posing safety hazards, demoralizing communities and slowing local economic development. Prevention is a key step to creating a sustainable, vibrant community. Visit this page for solutions. 



Dilapidated Home between two other housesLegal Tools

Legal tools help local governments convert dilapidated properties to productive use, such as through the building code, citations, liens, eminent domain, and land banks. Visit this page to learn more and to access the legal toolkit. 



Beautification landscaping next to historic churchDevelop a Beautification Program

One way to prevent or fight blight is to establish a neighborhood beautification program. This improves quality of life for everyone in the community.




A map of a flood planAnalyze Maps and Data

Do you need to create a map to show specific information about your town? Visit this page for easily accessible maps and data sources.




Redevelopment meeting between  project partnersBuild Your Partnership Network

It’s extremely useful to partner with certain organizations to strengthen your community’s efforts in dealing with blight. Visit this section to expand your network.




Assorted hand toolsComprehensive List of Tools

For a comprehensive list of all downloadable tools found on this website, visit this page.