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Map: See The Vacant Parcels You Could Help Turn Into Parks And Gardens

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A map shows the thousands of abandoned or vacant lots of Los Angeles and encourages residents to organize and transform these lots into something cooler, like parks and gardens.Community Health Council’s LA Open Acres has a map that shows thousands of vacant parcels in Los Angeles, KPCC reports. Users can view vacant lots by neighborhood, district, if they're publicly or privately owned, and can also search for lots based on how big they are or their zoning. If you’re interested in re-purposing a particular lot, you can see who owns it and if the owners has any known plans for the land. Users can also submit notes about or photos of properties they see. A glance at the site shows that some parcels are being used as backyards or driveways, while others appear to be covered in trash. Other posts, however, show residents gardening on formerly unused plots.

LA Open Acres has been able to transform some vacant lots in South L.A. into usable community amenities, likes parks, soccer fields and playgrounds. Residents who want to do something similar in their neighborhoods can use the site to organize a team and access resources, or jump on projects already in progress.

There are more vacant lots in South L.A. and in the San Fernando Valley, but vacancies exist all over Los Angeles.

[h/t Curbed LA]