Tour of vacant lots highlights need for land bank

    A tour will depart today from 2036 N. Fourth St. in Philadelphia. Instead of checking out historical landmarks, this tour is stopping at vacant properties and finishing up at the Women’s Community Revitalization Project in North Philadelphia. Somewhere in between is an improved property meant to be an example of the possibilities.

    The Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land is holding the tour to discuss the potential benefits of a land bank, which would allow community groups to buy, lease or transfer land from the city for improvement.

    The tour leads up to the release of the “Put Abandoned Land in Our Hands” report, which the WCRP will discuss with community members, experts and council candidates this afternoon.

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