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  • Bmorecurrant

    In Baltimore there are 16,000 vacant properties on the books. They are a blight on the city and an issue that the government should be move involved in. Wallhunters (wwww.wallhunters.org) started because of the intersection of art, transformation and civic responsibility. Recently some of the properties included in the project have been demolished by the city which may be considered a victory if the attempt is to prevent crime and squatting. If you look at it from a different perspective it could just be a quick fix to a problem more complicated. Reading about ways to convert the vacant spaces into community spots is encouraging and another opportuinty for change in a city slightly charmed but mostly vacant.

  • turfgrrl

    Connecting with property owners is tough, but often you can find out who owns property and what plans they may have for it by visiting your local zoning office. When promoting the space, especially in areas where not much foot traffic exists, make sure to promote how to get to the space. We've been successful with these tactics in Norwalk, CT.

  • jakilevy

    Great writeup, Hunter! This is a really valuable article for other people looking to start this kind of initiative in other cities. Really appreciate the work you're doing!

  • Claudia LaPreese

    Am still gathering facts, however this is one I am sure will be in out future