Tag: vacant lots

Mayor builds on ‘Clean It Up!’ campaign with initiatives to enhance vacant lots, reduce illegal dumping

Baltimore City hopes to repurpose and beautify vacant lots like this one with the help of community organizations as part of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign. Photo via Green Network Plan/Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young rolled out the latest additions to his “Clean It Up!” campaign today, including initiatives aimed at repurposing and beautifying some of the city’s vacant lots and surveilling frequently used illegal dumping sites.

Young first launched the campaign last month, branding it an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to clean up “crime and grime” in Baltimore.

Under Armour, ESPN paying nonprofits to convert Baltimore’s vacant lots into rec space

A formerly vacant lot at Greenmount and Whitridge avenues. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

Cable TV’s largest sports network and South Baltimore athletic apparel maker Under Armour are offering hundreds of thousands in funding to nonprofits in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Los Angeles to convert vacant lots into play space.

The Feds Plan to Help Baltimoreans Convert More Vacant Lots Into Gardens


Courtesy Parks & People Foundation/Valerie Shane

Officials from the Obama administration will be in West Baltimore today to announce several new federally funded environmental initiatives being launched right here in the city, John Fritze of the Sun reports.

Farming Flowers in Baltimore’s Vacant Lots

Photo via Hidden Harvest Farm
Photo via Hidden Harvest Farm

There are vacant lots all over Baltimore. Some people have devoted time and effort to planting vegetables in those empty spaces; now, the Baltimore Sun reports, there’s a growing movement to turn other vacant lots into flower farms.

“Trash Mob” Tackles Baltimore’s Litter Epidemic — on Their Lunch Breaks



Baltimore has its fair share of vacant lots — and for whatever topographical reason, vacant lots seem to be trash magnets. This kind of litter makes our city look gross, but it’s also one of those small problems that’s so pervasive it feels completely insurmountable. Enter Baltimore’s Zero Litter, a group that has proved that you can clean up a vacant lot with nothing more than a few friends and a half-hour of your lunch break.