We Already Know The Vacant Land Solution

 

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  • Solomon Jones considers a way of addressing some of the land vacancy issues he discussed in his Abandoned series for Axis Philly. The decade-old LandCare program, run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, “has cleaned and greened 8,600 vacant lots at an average cost of $1 to $1.25 per square foot. It maintains the lots at a cost of two cents-per-square-foot each year. Its annual budget averages about $2.5 million—money that is largely provided by the Office of Housing and Community Development.” This shallow, patchwork landscaping is cheap and proven to provide marked decreases in a vacant neighborhood’s violent crime rates. Jones calls for additional support for the initiative, specifically mentioning the $8 million that would be needed for LandCare to spruce up the city’s next 10 most vacant neighborhoods.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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