March 18, 2004

Greening Urban Lots

Category: Urban Planning

Philadelphia: Like many rust belt cities, Philly is plagued by a multitude of dilapidated vacant lots. This article in the Philadelphia Inquirer showcases a plan to beautify a great many of them using money generated by a Flower Show at the local convention center.

The plan is really simple: "It clears lots, plants grass, and stabs a few tree saplings around the perimeter. Lucky lots get split-rail fences. It has the naked, barren look of a new suburban development. But in the city, it works. Neighbors buy the lots as side yards. Developers suddenly see the site has potential. The total cost is around $2 per square foot."

[Philadelphia Green]

Posted by Nick at March 18, 2004 10:39 PM | TrackBack

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