Maps For Other Cities!
What if I'm in another city? Where do I start looking for land that my neighbors and I can use?
The place to start is the City or County Property Register, which will tell you definitively who owns what. Usually, the register is set up for use by those who have a particular property in mind. You'll want to find out how to contact the office that maintains the Register in your city or county and call them: ask how to get a list or map of public land. Your City Planning Department might also be a help. We started our project with data, but if you have a particular property in mind, you'll be able to follow the steps we outline on the advacacy resources page.
- Grounded In Philly (now in BETA), with the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia;
- Growing Cities, The Movie: Grow Where You Are (a map of urban agriculture projects around the USA);
- LA Open Acres with Community Health Councils (Los Angeles, California) and C-Lab (NYC); the project blog is live now, interactive map coming in May 2014;
- Living Lots, a prototype vacant lot activation tool for any city supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We put the prototype together to meet the needs of the New Orleans Food and Farm Network's FarmCity Toolbox and created Living Lots NOLA (now in BETA).
We're creating a practice of building online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access. The tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions.
You're welcome to borrow everything and build your own tools, too. Check out 3000acres in Melbourne, who are creating a local variant of organizing model that doesn't use municipal data but is getting Melbourne growing.