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. Parks & People has been long engaged in assisting communities with vacant lot restorations. Our involvement began with the Urban Resources Initiative program, and continues today as an integral part of our greening programs.
Power in Dirt
The Baltimore Mayor's 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. The Parks & People Foundation works in partnership with the Power In Dirt initiative.
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 Coordinator.