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8 Low-Tech, High Impact Ways to Transform Vacant Spaces

Jackie Ramirez

We have all passed by an area in our community that's a sore to our eyes. LA-Mas, a non-profit design firm working in the intersection of community building and public health, has listed short-term alternatives that engage community members and inspire creativity in public spaces.

Some of their ideas:
1. Little free libraries
2. Community wi-fi
3. Community compost heaps
4. Tool lending libraries

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  • Tom Maybrier

    The bike repair station is really great.

    The one thing I wonder is how many truly "vacant" lots does a city like LA really have?

    I always just assume that someone owns everything, so I'd be really interested in seeing how these community building concepts could be implemented in cities without much public open space.

    • Jackie Ramirez

      Hi Tom, great question! LA Open Acres will soon come out with a mapping tool with all the truly vacant lots in LA or if its owned by someone they are hoping to provide as much public information about it. I will make sure to post once that new feature comes out. I'm sure we can all work together to use it and improve it if necessary.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      The problem with vacant lots is yes- people own them- but usually do nothing with them- for a long time. So- if we can actually engage with those owners and ask them to populate those lots- we can do amazing things. There was this one project that made a vacant lot in Cleveland into an interactive reading space:

      I agree- the bike repair station is one of my favorites.