Urban Greening: A New Approach

A new solution for vacant lots in blighted neighborhood works in Philadelphia.
March 18, 2004, 12pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"The massive task requires a whole new approach to urban greening, Groman said. The community "pocket" parks of the 1960s and '70s were too expensive and rarely maintained. Community gardens are nice but require too much attention.Philadelphia Green's answer is simple and cheap. It clears lots, plants grass, and stabs a few tree saplings around the perimeter. Lucky lots get split-rail fences. It has the naked, barren look of a new suburban development. But in the city, it works. Neighbors buy the lots as side yards. Developers suddenly see the site has potential."

Thanks to Kurt Paulsen

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Published on Monday, March 15, 2004 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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