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Vacant Lots: Occupied

Vacant Lots: Occupied (VLO) transforms blighted public properties in underserved communities into neighborhood assets through an empowering collaborative process. Under-utilized spaces are strategically enhanced with full community buy-in. Types of enhancements might include pollinator prairies, orchards, sound gardens, interactive seating areas, or anything else our city's residents can dream up together.

VLO was originally developed through a curriculum-based course in 2012-13 and published in partnership with the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Over the past five years, the innovative VLO framework has grown from an award-winning concept, into a toolkit and community-driven workshop series that restores and enhances vacant lots throughout Cincinnati.

Our Impact This Year

  • Children Educated


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Pounds of Litter & Debris Collected


  • Clean Up Events


  • Fifth Third Foundation
    Fifth Third Foundation
  • Nippert Foundation
    Nippert Foundation
  • Cincinnati Tool Bank logo
    Cincinnati Tool Bank logo

    Cincinnati Tool Bank Logo

  • Cincinnati Bell
    Cincinnati Bell
  • Barefoot Proximity
    Barefoot Proximity
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