The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"This is our development. It's not in a very good neighborhood, but everyone sticks together. Everyone's trying to make it. It's just a high-poverty neighborhood where everyone knows everyone. Our court captain, she always says that just because we live in the projects, we don't have to treat it like the projects. She tries to keep the court up to date and clean. She has a little committee where they plant flowers, and she tells you where to go to get free food, things like that."

Empty Lots

Empty lots are parcels of property with no housing or other structure are often a sign of urban neighborhoods in decline, without sufficient economic resources to sustain them.  In many poor neighborhoods, empty lots become places where illegal activity can take place, trash gets disposed of, and in other ways is an eyesore for the neighborhood.

Current Issue

Land bank legislation is forthcoming - Potential solution that allows community organizations and other individuals invested in community improvement to make use of the 40,000+ abandoned lots in the city.

 

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