Mount Auburn as Case Study

Property Adjacencies
GOALS: ownership transfers + social controlAdjacency of Vacant Building to Occupied Stock

As diagrammed below, when a vacant building is located adjacent (B) or in a cluster of occupied buildings (A), it has greater feasibility and attraction for reuse. Rezoning to uses that will benefit the entire neighborhood could be considered to find new developers. Financial incentives in combination with a marketing campaign for this property could potentially attract unaware future investors. Further study could be done of the one-euro houses marketing campaign to revive the historic center of Sicilian village in Italy for precedents and inspiration.

When a vacant building gets further away from occupied building stock (C), the social control of the neighborhood drops and people tend to feel less safe. In these cases (like many sites in Mount Auburn), the city should give even greater incentives and possibly partially invest to attract a larger-scale developer to those neighborhoods.

Adjacency of Vacant Lot to Vacant Building

When a vacant lot is located in a cluster of occupied buildings (A), it has greater feasibility and attraction for reuse. Uses should be considered that will benefit the entire community. However, one should consider finding a single owner to take ownership to keep its future maintenance responsibilities from community organizations.

When a vacant lot is located adjacent to a single occupied building (B), it is more attractive to the owner of the adjacent building. The city might consider donating the vacant lot to the adjacent owner, who gets an increased value of his lot, while the city has now changed the owner and will no longer have to maintain this lot. (Calculations could be made to see if it would be beneficial for the city to clean up the site before donating, adding to an attractive city environment.)

When a vacant lot or cluster of lots gets further away from occupied building stock (C), the social control and safety issues come back as previously discussed. Here, the vacant lots could be part of the investment and attraction package to attract a larger-scale developer to this neighborhood.

Diagram

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Mt Auburn 1 Mt Auburn 2