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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.

What if I want to see all the opportunities in my city? 

We're creating a practice of building online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access and of connecting land access advocates in ciites around the world with a set of tools and best practices, and one another. The tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions. The 596 Acres Team is available to consult with you on your project in another city. Contact us to discuss a fee-structure for customizing tools and tactics for your group or organization. We're really proud of these partnerships: 

  • Grounded In Philly, with the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, funded by the Merck Family Fund and the Claneil Foundation.

  • LA Open Acres with Community Health Councils (Los Angeles, California) and C-Lab (NYC), winner of the Goldhirsh Foundation LA2050 Competition.

You can also build your own version of 596 Acres' tools. Groups around the world are doing just that:

  • After learning about 596 Acres' map, Love Old Trafford Lots created a their own using available technology modeled on ours. They started by making their own data through a series of organized walks. The map is helping neighbors see possibilities and sieze them. 

  • 3000acres in Melbourne Australia borrowed our strategy and created their own tool. Instead of starting with municipal data, they started with a few sites that users submitted and explored the opportunities they presented by researching each one-by-one, then posting and acting on their findings. These opportunities are turning into growing spaces with the support of 3000acres staff. They are expanding the approach to Sydney with 2000acres next year. 

  • GTECH Strategies, a leading land access and activation organization in Pittsburgh, liked our approach so much they captured it in an Request for Proposals with The City of Pittsburgh's Planning Department to build a customized tool using municipal data (coming soon!). If you're going this route, our code base, Living LotsTM is open source and free to use; just be sure to attribute and make your improvements available for us and others to use.

  • URBURB in Quebec, Montreal is creating a tool based on 596 Acres' best practices. 

Code for this site and some of his other projects is available on GitHub.