In many of the focus study neighborhoods, a combination of issues relating to education, income, poverty and race compound the struggle of their residents to meet the needs of daily life. As neglected lot vacancies negatively impact quality of life, these neighborhoods can appear to offer little chance for success. Many of the neighborhoods have high percentages of residents with no High School diploma, few residents with at least a Bachelor’s degree, and low household income rates. Utilizing vacant lots to beautify the neighborhood improve access, and quality of life can provide a sense of security and hope to struggling neighborhoods.
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