Since the 1950s, Baltimore City's population has been reduced by more than one third. As a consequence, large numbers of properties have been abandoned leaving vacant lots throughout the City.
Vacant lots are a burden to everyone, from the City agencies required to take care of them to the communities who must live with them. However, there is a way for communities to reclaim these sites and create usable space that improves the entire neighborhood.
The Power in Dirt initiative is the City’s first comprehensive plan to specifically address vacant lots by engaging residents and organizations in their sustainable revitalization. Power in Dirt recognizes and builds from existing, successful efforts in the city to revitalize vacant lots. These community-managed open spaces are home to public art, gardening, or neighborhood parks. Power in Dirt works in partnership with the Parks & People Foundation.
To learn more about how to adopt a city owned lot, click here to visit the Power In Dirt website and contact your Power in Dirt VISTA.
If you'd like more information on vacant lot restoration, check out our Guide to Greening Neighborhoods, email Ashe Smith Community Greening Coordinator or call (410) 448-5663 ext. 103.