Cleveland: The Garden City?

Cleveland, Ohio has pursued an aggressive policy of greening it vacant and underused land. A program called Garden Boyz employs local youth to tend the gardens, keeping the landscape vital and keeping the kids out of gangs.

The Garden Boyz program is supported by a grant from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

"While the vast majority of the city's $54 million in NSP money will be used to demolish blighted and foreclosed homes, the city is also investing in 58 pilot projects that move vacant land strategies beyond temporary fences and lawns," writes Marc Lefkowitz.

Lefkowitz says that uses for vacant land is "currently the hottest topic in urban planning."

Full Story: DC Urbanexus Magazine Cleveland’s Comeback

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