Well written article on adaptive reuse by Klaus Philipsen. Do yourself a favor and read the entire article.
The ULI/NTHP collaboration is intended to become a nationally important step in overcoming the roadblocks, especially by showcasing best practice examples of adaptive re-use along with practical guidance for how obstacles can be overcome. Although the project is still in its initial stage, some creative new ways of making the case can be expected, including an extensive data collection and mapping strategy in which data about property values, new construction, demolition, vacancies and markets will be examined. Most data are now typically openly available as part of the “open data” movement in which many cities participate.