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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 also behind LA Open Acres’ ...

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 engage NELA stakeholders to transform ...

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 the City of Los Angeles. ...

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 abstract ...

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 have a louder voice in ...

LADOT’s People St is Open for Business

Contributed by: Valerie Watson, Assistant Pedestrian Coordinator at the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Sunset Triangle. An example of a People St Plaza. 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 ...

#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 Trust for Public Land. We ...

8 Low-Technology, High Impact Strategies for Vacant Space

Contributed by: Helen Leung, Director of Social Impact at LA-Más. Local student creates street signage along the LA River. 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 ...


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