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Vacant to Vibrant

Further Information:
190 pages
18 x 25.5 x 5
Appendix includes site layout plans, storm water management plans and planting plans for each of the project installation sites
B&W photographs and diagrams

Vacant to Vibrant


Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks

Vacant lots, so often seen as neighbourhood blight, have the potential to be a key element of community revitalisation. As manufacturing cities reinvent themselves after decades of lost jobs and population, abundant vacant land resources and interest in green infrastructure are expanding opportunities for community and environmental resilience. Vacant to Vibrant explains how inexpensive green infrastructure projects can reduce storm water runoff and pollution, and provide neighbourhood amenities, especially in areas with little or no access to existing green space.

Sandra Albro offers practical insights through her experience leading the five-year Vacant to Vibrant project, which piloted the creation of green infrastructure networks in Gary, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. Vacant to Vibrant provides a point of comparison among the three cities as they adapt old systems to new, green technology. An overview of the larger economic and social dynamics in play throughout the Rust Belt region establishes context for the promise of green infrastructure. Albro then offers lessons learned from the Vacant to Vibrant project, including planning, design, community engagement, implementation, and maintenance successes and challenges. An appendix shows designs and plans that can be adapted to small vacant lots.

Landscape architects and other professionals whose work involves urban greening will learn new approaches for creating infrastructure networks and facilitating more equitable access to green space.

Publisher: - Island Press - more

Code: - 9781610919005

Year: - 2019 05 (May)

Authors: - Sandra L. Albro

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