When a lot is empty and overgrown, it perpetuates a low morale within the community.
Our Greenspace Program aims to strengthen the community’s sense of safety and pride by stabilizing and improving vacant lots.
Research conducted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has proven that cleaning and greening vacant lots can increase surrounding property values and improve everyday life by reducing gun assaults, reducing vandalism, and encouraging more exercise (which leads to less stress). Our program is closely modeled after their LandCare program.
In the last five years, we have cleaned and greened 300 vacant lots in the City of Cincinnati.
One of our signature greenspace projects is Vacant Lots: Occupied (VLO), a program developed in partnership with the University of Cincinnati. We use the VLO toolkit to help communities with high levels of vacancy address the problems associated with unused land.