Vacant to Vibrant_ Embedding green space in neighborhoods to clean water, cool cities, and bring equitable prosperity
Vacant lots, so often seen as neighborhood blight, have the potential to be a key element of equitable community revitalization as abundant vacant land resources. Combined with green infrastructure planning, vacant lots are expanding opportunities for community and environmental resilience. Vacant to Vibrant explains how inexpensive green infrastructure projects can reduce stormwater runoff and pollution, and provide neighborhood amenities in a more equitable way, especially in areas with little or no access to existing green space.
Sandra Albro offers practical insights through her experience leading the five-year Vacant to Vibrant project, which piloted the creation of green infrastructure networks in Gary, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. Vacant to Vibrant provides a point of comparison among the three cities as they adapt old systems to new, green technology. The panel will discuss specific examples, and how to design and implement plans using these strategies to develop green spaces that can drive resilience, equity, and economic prosperity. Vacant to Vibrant is published by Island Press with support from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.