This summer, five teams of teens and design & architecture professionals faced a challenge: design sustainable and innovative ways to transform vacant lots in the Kensington section of Philadelphia into assets that can advance community and sustainability.
Through the initiative, Lots of Power, each team was responsible for designing a plan that, if implemented, could fill a void in the neighborhood and put the lots to good use. Together, the teams researched Kensington and its challenges, and developed projects to fit the needs of the surrounding residents.
Now, the projects are in, and you can help us choose the projects that will become a reality.
Over the next 10 days, the projects will be subject to public voting and a panel of judges to select two winning teams. Each day, you can visit the voting site at www.facebook.com/CleanCurrentsPA to cast a vote for your favorite project. The winner of the public voting session, along with a winner chosen by the jury, will receive grants from Clean Currents to implement their concepts and be the change in their community.
Why Vacant Lots?
Out in the community, Clean Currents has heard loud and clear that Philadelphians are sick of vacant lots in their neighborhoods. Not only are they an eyesore, but they create much larger problems that are sometimes less obvious.
With more than 40,000 vacant properties, Philadelphia spends at least $20 million each year to maintain vacant lots, clean up waste, demolish or seal dangerous buildings, and provide extra fire and police protection. Crime also results from vacant and blighted properties. Studies have demonstrated a relationship between vacant property and crime, and have shown that improvements to derelict parcels reduce gun assaults and vandalism.
With Lots of Power, Clean Currents is committed to addressing this issue on a small scale to make a difference in the Kensington community.
It’s up to you to help choose a winner. Check out the projects and cast your vote to be part of the solution to one of Philly’s greatest challenges!