Hi Francie! Excellent article — thank you! At first, I thought this was going to be one of those “broken windows theory” articles. I’m happy that it wasn’t. It makes sense that when people are surrounded by beauty, they tend to behave in ways befitting the scenery. So, bravo to LandCare!
But I’m left wondering, what becomes of these “abandoned lots?” Are local men and women given a chance to buy them? Do they even have the resources to do so? If not, what is the local school system like? The local economy? Abandoned lots don’t just create themselves. What happened to make them abandoned to begin with? What can we do to ensure that all of our current abandoned lots become homes, or schools, or parks, or clubs that will in one way or another benefit the community?
It’s not enough to just “clean up” a stretch of land. It’s a start, but there is so much more to be addressed. What are your thoughts?