A lot design to end illegal dumping through beautification.
April 2017 - July 2017
Jackie Grant + Latisha Johnson
Friends, volunteers, family, youth, and contractors
4410 + 4420 Courville Street, Detroit, MI 48224
It was a lengthy and arduous task, but it served the immediate purpose: the prevention of dumping on the lot, through beautification. Imagining, planning, and then achieving the vision takes time.
A little, we customized the Dumping Preventer Lot Design by replacing the barberry bushes with the roses and catmint found in the Paisley Patch design. We also added garden beds, which extended the lot's impact beyond the original footprint of the lot design.
To deter dumping
When the City originally launched their leasing of lots program, we had every intention of leasing the lot, but it never came to fruition.
The children learned how to plant and benefitted from the important concept of working as a team.
We increased the exposure of the benefits of healthy eating to the youth within the neighborhood.
Apart from our Working with Lots grant, no additional funding was generated, but the raised beds were donated. We would like to fund raise to incorporate lighting for evening events in the future.
Consistent watering is a challenge, and the poor soil was unexpected. But we've been fortunate to be able to use water from the neighbors across the street.
Maintenance will include pruning, weeding, and watering. We hope to build an irrigation station using the Keep Growing Detroit plans.