Vacant Land: A Resource for Reshaping Urban Neighborhoods
describes different types of vacant urban land ("missing teeth,"
corner lots, "swiss cheese," multiple vacant blocks), how they
fit into the dynamics of larger natural and social systems, and
how they might be reclaimed for a variety of uses to fit the
needs of particular people and places. The report also shows how
vacant land and subsiding streets and buildings in West
Philadelphia correlate with buried streams and filled-in
floodplains and proposes solutions that address regional problems
of combined sewer overflow. Vacant urban land may be a blighting
influence, but it also affords a rare opportunity to reshape
neighborhoods and cities.