The Green Pattern Book is the Growing Green Initiative tool used to guide the greening of vacant land by City agencies, NGOs, community-based organizations, and individual residents. The Green Pattern Book can spur creative ideas and help different groups that work with vacant lots understand how they can effectively partner with each other. The Green Pattern Book features eight green project types or patterns:
Clean and Green
Designated as temporary greened spaces meant as a short-term holding strategy for future redevelopment, whether as new development or one of the other green patterns.
Land leased to urban farmers to grow food commercially.
Community-Managed Open Space
Vacant lots maintained by a community, non-profit, or more than one household used for vegetable gardens, orchards, pocket parks and small recreational spaces.
Land used to reduce runoff, filter stormwater, and decrease impervious surfaces in order to meet Baltimore’s requirements for improving water quality of our streams and harbors.
Land that can accommodate neighborhood parking needs while keeping greening and stormwater considerations in mind.
Urban Forest and Buffer
Trees planted on vacant lots, buffers along railroads and highways, and existing forest patches.
Permanent public spaces that can be developed for passive and/or active recreation.
Land that can combine a combination of the patterns described above to achieve a greater number of goals.