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In Praise of Vacant Lots by Jay Walljasper

In community, ecology, economics, nature, society on July 11, 2012 at 00:04

 

From: In Praise of Vacant Lots by Jay Walljasper, YES! Magazine, http://www.yesmagazine.org/

Modern society’s obsession with efficiency, productivity and purposefulness sometimes blind us to the epic possibilities of empty spaces that aren’t serving any profitable economic function. The word “vacant” itself implies that these places are devoid of value.

But think back to all the imaginative uses you could discover for vacant land as a kid. In my neighborhood we squeezed a baseball diamond, 6-hole golf course, horseshoe pit and vegetable garden (right behind the third base line) into the lot behind my house.

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