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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Greening Vacant Lots: Planning and Implementation Strategies

Greening Vacant Lots: Planning and Implementation Strategies

Many Midwestern and Northeastern cities are grappling to manage stormwater flows at the same time that they face issues related to vacant and abandoned land. Such vacant land is a liability, depressing local property values and dotting cities with blighted eyesores. Yet NatLab found that such properties can offer a low-cost supply of potential greened acres to manage runoff. In the report Greening Vacant Lots, NatLab presents case studies showing how 10 U.S. cities are planning, administering, financing and implementing programs to convert vacant lots to green spaces that combine recreational use and stormwater management. The ten case studies show cities have most effectively greened vacant lots by: developing a new department or organization specializing in green vacant lots; relying upon multiple-use, community-centered designs; leading with a single, strong organization; ensuring effective mechanisms for transferring and acquiring properties; securing effective financing.


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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December 2012

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