LA Open Acres is a tool for neighborhoods to transform vacant spaces into healthy places.
A beta version will be released in early 2014.
Lessons from the Philadelphia Land Bank

Lessons from the Philadelphia Land Bank

We recently asked Amy Laura Cahn, a staff attorney at the Garden Justice Legal Initiative of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, to provide some insight into the City of Philadelphia’s recent decision to create a Land Bank. The Garden Justice Legal Initiative is...
East LA Vacant Lot Community Forum - 2/26

East LA Vacant Lot Community Forum – 2/26

Transforming Inner-City Lost Lots (TILL), a project of the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, is organizing a community forum this Wednesday in Boyle Heights to identify opportunities to green vacant land in East LA. TILL is working to identity, document, and analyze vacant lots owned by...
Mayor's Office Directs City Departments to Open Data

Mayor’s Office Directs City Departments to Open Data

LA Open Acres is about transparency. It’s people and neighborhoods knowing about information that impacts the places where they live, learn, work, and play. Currently, data about vacant land is too hard to access–this means that the people that are able to access it sometimes...
#FreeLotsAngeles Makes the Case for Transforming Vacant Spaces

#FreeLotsAngeles Makes the Case for Transforming Vacant Spaces

Over 200 Watts residents and allies turned out last Saturday to celebrate the transformation of a vacant lot at the first Free Lots Angeles event. The event followed a groundbreaking of the Monitor Ave Park, a project of the City’s 50 Parks Initiative and the...
Placemaking Design Competition: Open Call for Projects in NE Los Angeles

Placemaking Design Competition: Open Call for Projects in NE Los Angeles

The Northeast L.A. (NELA) Placemaking Design Competition seeks a diverse range of stakeholders to design implementable projects that enhance the neighborhood identity, river revitalization, community health, and public spaces of the NELA river area and its adjacent neighborhoods. The goal of the competition is to...
Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources: Call for Abstracts

Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources: Call for Abstracts

The Tishman Environment and Design Center, 596 Acres and the Center for New York City Affairs invite you to prepare a short presentation for Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources on Tuesday, April 22-Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at The New School, New York NY. Deadline to submit 300-word presentation...
LADOT's People St is Open for Business

LADOT’s People St is Open for Business

Contributed by: Valerie Watson, Assistant Pedestrian Coordinator at the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation.  Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into vibrant and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of...
8 Low-Technology, High Impact Strategies for Vacant Space

8 Low-Technology, High Impact Strategies for Vacant Space

Contributed by: Helen Leung, Director of Social Impact at LA-Más. Often times, traditional processes to transform vacant spaces take a lot of time and money, requiring complicated permits and professional services. In many of these instances, there are meaningful opportunities to exercise a bit of...
Free Lots Angeles Launch Party Friday!

Free Lots Angeles Launch Party Friday!

Please join Community Health Councils, T.R.U.S.T. South L.A., Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, the Advancement Project, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network, and Kounkuey Design Initiative this Friday, December 13th from 4pm-8pm, for the formal launch of “Free Lots Angeles.” Free Lots...
C-Lab: Sneak Peek into the LA Open Acres Database

C-Lab: Sneak Peek into the LA Open Acres Database

For the past few months, C-Lab has been hard at work collecting, managing and analyzing data pertaining to vacant land in LA. With data Community Health Councils and the LA Neighborhood Land Trust have acquired, the publicly available data on the Los Angeles County GIS...
Sierra Club: Crenshaw High School's Reclaiming Our Environmental Roots

Sierra Club: Crenshaw High School’s Reclaiming Our Environmental Roots

Contributed by Aisha Farley, Youth Organizer, Sierra Club. Rainbows, music notes, and green trees sprout from the splashes of paint on the canvas. Words like beauty and sunshine line the edges of the streets. On November 7th, youth leaders from ROER, the Crenshaw High School group...
Episcopal Diocese of LA: What else can we do?

Episcopal Diocese of LA: What else can we do?

 Contributed by Tim Alderson, Executive Director of Seeds of Hope, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles As we look around our city and see our neighbors sickened and dying from the food they eat – often because their access to fresh, nutritious food is so limited – and at...
FRIDAY November 15: A LOT To Imagine

FRIDAY November 15: A LOT To Imagine

Join From Lot to Spot for a unique one of a kind community pop-up party this Friday featuring delicious food and refreshments provided by KOGI BBQ, a silent auction, mini-gardens for sale, an “Imagine A Lot” design contest, and so many surprises your head will spin! The...
Guest Post: My Timeline for Vacant Lots

Guest Post: My Timeline for Vacant Lots

As part of a regular series featured on this website, LA Open Acres will be asking people across a variety of backgrounds, interests, and neighborhoods about vacant land. We’ll explore the impact that these spaces have on neighborhoods, what we can do about it, and...
"If you don't know about something, how can you care for it?"

“If you don’t know about something, how can you care for it?”

Tuesday, July 16 marked a very special occasion as an unexpected crowd of nearly 80 people filled the conference room of the Mercado La Paloma, from all walks of life and interests, to share their visions for vacant land! What was most striking for us...
LA Open Acres Study Trip, July 2013

LA Open Acres Study Trip, July 2013

In July 2013, NYC-based organizations 596 Acres and C-LAB kicked off their partnership with Community Health Councils in Los Angeles with a research trip that included a Vacant Land Summit. Paula Segal of 596 Acres created the photo essay below during the trip. Understanding LA’s...