PHS Philadelphia LandCare is a nationally recognized model of landscape treatment and urban revitalization that addresses the widespread challenge of land vacancy plaguing our city’s core.
As part of a strategic approach to neighborhood redevelopment, PHS works with community-based organizations and City agencies to transform Philadelphia’s vacant land into neighborhood assets.
The LandCare program cleans, greens, and stabilizes vacant lots to help return them to productive use, now having installed and maintained interim landscape treatments for over 7,000 parcels covering nearly 11 million square feet in key transitional neighborhoods, in turn developing more than 850 properties for new housing and business.
The LandCare program encompasses two primary initiatives: Clean and Green and Community LandCare. Clean and Green targets vacant parcels in key transitional communities, areas with public safety issues and neighborhoods that lack open space and green amenities.
The Community LandCare initiative partners with local community organizations to clean parcels; each season the program provides hundreds of jobs to local residents, including formerly incarcerated individuals, enhancing the programs connection with PHS Roots to Re-Entry.
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The intervention is simple -- remove debris, plant grass and trees, add post-and-rail fencing, and provide maintenance after sites improvements have been completed -- but the results have been exceedingly extraordinary.
Did You Know
Dr. Charles Branas, associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published a major study on the health and safety effects of the LandCare Program in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2011; findings show that greening was linked to significant reductions in certain crimes, such as gun assaults, as well as other indicators like stress, and low exercise.