Last fall, Detroit Future City released their Field Guide to Working with Lots. This resource is intended to act as a user friendly tool to help Detroit residents transform vacant spaces into community assets.
The guide showcases a diverse selection of design concepts, ideas and examples of ways that residents can transform lots within their city. It provides everything from estimated cost, suggested locations and design examples that can serve as your starting point. You can download printable lot design booklets and even construction plans for your chosen design.
We chose to include this resources as part of the Lots to Love toolkit so Pittsburgh residents can utilize it for their own projects. Though there are certainly differences in landscape, policy and regulations between Detroit and Pittsburgh, we hope that the design concepts and general approach inspire community members to move forward with their projects. Each design is highly tailorable to each lot and resident in Pittsburgh. We look forward to seeing how these inspirations are applied to nearby communities.