Vacant Lots

There are nearly 30,000 abandoned properties in Baltimore City.

Vacant properties can become targets of illegal dumping and litter, leading to an overall perception of neighborhood neglect.  However, lots can also be transformed into useful community spaces either through redevelopment or the creation and maintenance of open space.  Here are five strategies that can help:

  • Strengthen enforcement of dumping and litter laws
  • Increase participation in community maintenance and stewardship efforts
  • Create and sustain a land trust to support community-managed open space
  • Return abandoned properties to productive use
  • Establish a new fee schedule charged to absentee property owners