Vacant to Vibrant

Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks

Authors: Albro, Sandra

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  • Addresses strategies for working in low‑income areas which frequently do not have access to green space
  • An unusual approach that combines infrastructure improvements with community empowerment
  • Complements abundant news reports about the power of vacant lots transformation to improve mental health and neighborhood vitality
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About this book

Vacant lots, so often seen as neighborhood blight, have the potential to be a key element of community revitalization.

Sandra Albro offers practical insights through her experience leading the five‑year Vacant to Vibrant project, which piloted the creation of green infrastructure networks in Gary, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. Vacant to Vibrant provides a point of comparison among the three cities as they adapt old systems to new, green technology. Albro offers insights from every step of the Vacant to Vibrant project, including planning, design, community engagement, implementation, and maintenance successes and challenges of creating a green infrastructure network from vacant lots in neighborhoods. Landscape architects and other professionals whose work involves urban greening will learn new approaches for creating infrastructure networks and facilitating more equitable access to green space.

  

About the authors

Sandra Albro, research associate at Holden Forests & Gardens, investigates how improving soil and plants can boost the ecological and social value of vacant lots in Great Lakes cities. She is project manager for two projects that test low-cost, low-maintenance urban greening projects that manage stormwater and revitalize communities in Gary, IN; Cleveland, OH; and Buffalo, NY. Ms. Albro also serves as co-chair for the Cleveland Tree Coalition, a group of more than 40 businesses, organizations, and branches of local government that are working together to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan; and is a board member on the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Albro, Sandra L.

  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Vacant Lots

    Pages 5-16

    Albro, Sandra L.

  • City Dynamics That Shape Vacant Land Use

    Pages 17-36

    Albro, Sandra L.

  • Vacant to Vibrant Planning

    Pages 37-70

    Albro, Sandra L.

  • Vacant to Vibrant Implementation

    Pages 71-103

    Albro, Sandra L.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-61091-901-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vacant to Vibrant
Book Subtitle
Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Sandra L. Albro
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-901-2
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-901-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 190
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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