Anatomy of a Plant

Selection for Sustainable Lot Management

The first three chapters discussed vacant lots as they relate to the city, neighborhood, and street. This chapter discusses the role plants might have in vacant lot revitalization. With an increasing number of lots throughout the city, low maintenance is key, and while certain designs are lower maintenance than others, plant selection can contribute to a site’s maintenance needs. To prevent stabilized lots from returning to their previous neglected condition, maintenance and plant selection must be considered early on in the planning.

This chapter also looks at how vacant lots might serve additional benefits besides just community or economic development and community stabilization. With thousands of vacant properties, neighborhoods can consider additional uses and benefits of vacant lots: stormwater mitigation, food production, and attracting wildlife.