Anatomy of a Site

Creating Positive Community Assets

Once an understanding of a site’s context within a neighborhood is established, a further investigation of the specific site characteristics and immediate surroundings can be helpful for determining best revitalization and management practices. The success of addressing vacant lots on a wide scale, as this guidebook suggests, will require a site’s final design to correspond to a site’s conditions such as slope, immediate adjacencies, and soil types.

Understanding site-level typologies, project phasing, and hillsides adds to the knowledge a user brings from the first chapter of this book. This next chapter addresses the context of an identified vacant lot, helps lead a user to a suggested form of site design, and explores how neighborhood assets can help to inform and implement that design.