April 16, 2012 15:31 Age: 2 yrs

Alexander helped draft proposed law to help Georgia cities deal with blight

With Georgia among the top five states with the most foreclosures, state lawmakers have drafted legislation that would make it easier for cities to manage abandoned properties through the use of land banks. 

Emory Law Professor Frank Alexander was interviewed by WABE 90.1 on the proposed revision to Georgia law, which he helped draft. Alexander is Sam Nunn Chair for Ethics and Professionalism and founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

He is an expert on land banks, and recently published the book Land Banks and Land Banking. He also has helped other municipalities, including Kansas City, Mo., draft similar laws.

A land bank isnít a lending institution, Alexander said.

"A land bank is a governmental entity that focuses exclusively on the acquisition, management and disposition of vacant, abandoned, foreclosed properties," Alexander said in the WABE report.

Related links:

Listen to the WABE 90.1 story

Alexander quoted on land bank proposal in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Center for Community Progress


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