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  • Chicago's Large Lot Program sowing change in inner-city communities

    Residents who repurposed vacant lots through Chicago’s Large Lot Program reported in a new study that the projects made their neighborhoods safer, quieter, friendlier places to live. The study was co-written by U. of I. scholars, from left, postdoctoral researcher Douglas A. Williams; natural resources and environmental sciences professor Carena J. van Riper; graduate student John Strauser; and recreation, sport and tourism professors Alessandro Rigolon and William P. Stewart.

    Residents who repurposed vacant lots through Chicago’s Large Lot Program reported in a new study that the projects made their neighborhoods safer, quieter, friendlier places to live. The study was co-written by U. of I. scholars, from left, postdoctoral researcher Douglas A. Williams; natural resources and environmental sciences professor Carena J. van Riper; graduate student John Strauser; and recreation, sport and tourism professors Alessandro Rigolon and William P. Stewart.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact William P. Stewart, call 217-244-4532; e-mail wstewart@illinois.edu

    To contact Alessandro Rigolon, call 217-300-5527; email rigolon@illinois.edu

    To contact Carena van Riper, call 217-244-9317; email cvanripe@illinois.edu

    The paper “Resident-led beautification of vacant lots that connects place to community” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI:  10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.02.011