Transforming vacant lots into native habitat, rain gardens, and pocket parks for neighborhood health, vitality, and enjoyment.
Vacant lots effect neighborhood stability and pride. They cost communities to maintain, become unsafe dumping grounds, can demoralize the neighborhood, and ultimately discourage investment. Studies from around the US have shown that cleaning up and reusing vacant lots can have a positive impact on the neighborhood's vibrancy and vitality of the greater community.
The Lots of Love Initiative (LoL) will help stabilize and improve the appearance and quality of life in Metro East neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots and native plant habitat, rain gardens, pollinator meadows, and recreation spaces. These efforts will increase biodiversity, support pollinators, absorb pollutants, capture/filter stormwater runoff, reduce maintenance costs, and provide places to socialize and play.