City Parks Association

Resources: Community Development

Vacant Property Prescriptions

A Reinvestment Strategy

This paper explains the significance of housing abandonment as a community development issue for Philadelphia neighborhoods. It describes a combination of vacant property prevention and treatment a...

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Vacant Land 215 Toolkit

A sub-project of Grounded in Philly, the Vacant Land 215toolkit is a comprehensive self-guide for gardeners and community members looking to create community spaces through vacant land. 

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Grounded in Philly

In 2012, the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and 596 Acres of Brooklyn, came together in 2012 to start Grounded in Philly. This project maps data ...

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City Willing to Sell Vacant Lots for One Dollar

Reports that the city of Providence in Rhode Island is selling vacant lots for one dollar each to homeowners and neighborhood groups interested in taking title to the city’s abandoned properties.

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Urban Vacant Land


This study consists of two sections. The first section, “Toward a New Way of Thinking About Urban Vacant Land,” surveys the programs and policies of governments, non-profit agencies, and neighborho...

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From Vacant Land to Open Space

An Evaluation of the New Kensington Neighborhood Open Space

This is the second of several reports published from the Vacant Land Management Study conducted in the late 1990s in Philadelphia by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This report examines the...

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Addressing the Vacant and Abandoned Property Problem

Discusses the nature of vacant and abandoned property and the city efforts to address it. Barrier to the revitalization of central cities; survey of the populous central cities in the United States...

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