B4: The Challenge of Blighted Vacant Land and Models to Address It
October 29, 20184:00 pm - 5:15 pm
An Lewis, Evaine K. Sing, Jonathan Burgess
Areas that have experienced continued population loss tend to have an overabundance of vacant land. This session will explore the deleterious effects and negative financial impacts of blighted land and the environmental hazards left by previous development. It will also feature the community care stewardship model which adapts the traditional approach to volunteer-led stewardship to recognize, reward, and equip residents to participate in greenspace maintenance work with a specific focus to abating environmental hazards.
Moderator & Speaker: An Lewis, Executive Director, Tri-COG Land Bank
Speakers: Evaine K. Sing, Executive Director, Grounded Strategies; Jonathan Burgess, Policy Director, Allegheny County Conservation District