Milwaukee transforms vacant lots into small parks

Milwaukee, WI: Vacant properties where homes have been razed are being transformed into small parks to help city beautification.

Though the removal of dilapidated abandoned homes has helped alleviate blight, the empty lots following have been somewhat of a blemish to community landscapes.

The city program HOME GR/OWN is taking control of the situation to turn those empty lots into small orchards and parks for residents to visit, for children to play in, and to lower the risk for criminal activity.

The design plans were created by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students.

Twenty lots have already been targeted for the rejuvenation projects in 2015, with the near $200,000 price tag coming primarily from charity and grants. More properties are likely to be evaluated and transformed in 2016.


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