Vacant lots: An underexplored resource for ecological and social benefits in cities.
Anderson, E. C.
Minor, E. S.
PublisherUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
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tVacant lots make up a large proportion of urban land and are of interest to many stakeholder groups.While they are often viewed as dangerous or unsightly, they can be an economic, social, and ecologicalresource. Here we present a literature review focused on restoring biodiversity in vacant lots, empha-sizing the intersection of human and wildlife needs. We focus on the benefits, challenges, and processesof restoration in vacant lots and synthesize ecological, social, and economic information across thesedomains. We suggest that fast, inexpensive restoration techniques could be implemented in vacant lotsand would be well suited to increasing greenspace in low-income areas. Furthermore, we emphasize thatland managers, ecologists, sociologists, urban planners, and local communities must work together toconceptualize, carry out, and monitor restoration projects, as these projects are often characterized bydisparate goals and insufficient follow-up. Vacant lot restoration is best addressed by an interdisciplinaryapproach that combines economic, social, and environmental needs and concerns into a holistic urbanland use paradigm.
Informal green space