In order for some cities to be competitive for growth, there is a need to emphasize efforts on creating infill. Swapping abandoned, run down houses for new ones benefits the immediate neighborhood and ripples outward through the entire community. Municipalities can proactively work with stakeholders to create a strategic plan to rehabilitate these properties and breathe new life into an existing neighborhood. By stepping into the role of promotor, designer, facilitator, and coordinator, a city can create an environment that is attractive to builders and developers, add housing, and add value to the community. Cities that successfully create partnerships with community stakeholders and focus on the creation of an intentional, yet flexible, strategic plan to attract infill housing will see results. This article suggests a general outline and other options to consider when drafting such a plan with references to cities across the United States, with emphasis on those located in the state of Texas.



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