August 20, 2012
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Vacant Lots Turned Green Reduce Crime, Study Says

Greening old, vacant lots comes with plenty of healthy benefits to communities, but it might also help reduce crime, according to a new University of Pennsylvania study. Researchers started with two types of lots consisting controlled vacant, overgrown lots and ones renovated with help from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, who cleaned, planted trees and grass [...] Continue reading

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December 8, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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‘Weed bombing’ turns blight to bright in Miami

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC

A group of friends in Miami have had enough of overgrown weeds on vacant lots and public property – particularly sidewalks – in their neighborhood, chronicall… Continue reading

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November 23, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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How pocket parks may make cities safer, more healthy

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
   
A research team has found that distressed neighborhoods where vacant lots have been converted into small parks and community green spaces are associate… Continue reading

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November 17, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Report highlights exemplary clean water practices in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, other cities

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
In a major report released yesterday, my colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council outlined challenges and solutions facing US cities in restoring and ma… Continue reading

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October 28, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The amazing resurgence of the South Bronx

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
   
New York City’s South Bronx is making an astounding comeback.  Not that long ago, the neighborhood was perhaps the country’s most villified, a setting … Continue reading

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March 18, 2011
by Damon Nagami
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Re-Imagining Empty Spaces in South Los Angeles

A vacant lot at 103rd Street Station in Watts.  (Photo credit: NRDC)

A former vacant lot: Richardson Family Park in the West Adams District.  (Photo credit: NRDC)

When you see a vacant lot, how does it make you feel?  Do you ignore i… Continue reading

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December 10, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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Philadelphia will add new neighborhood-scale parks as part of ambitious green vision

I have long thought it more important that we have neighborhood parks within convenient reach of people than that we have large city parks (though it’s nice to have both).  I was impressed, for example, when the residents of the South Bronx neighb… Continue reading

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