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Gaining Ground in Vacant Land Justice - 10 Years to Maximum Ownership

Ford, Ariam and Bilec, Melissa (2022) Gaining Ground in Vacant Land Justice - 10 Years to Maximum Ownership. In: 2022 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, 1 Mar 2022, University of Pittsburgh.

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Grounded Strategies’ Gaining Ground Vacant Land Justice program is a restorative, regenerative, and intersectional approach to mitigating hyper-vacancy in the Pittsburgh region. We are confronting the trauma of racist land-use policies, abdications of municipal stewardship, and weak political leadership by returning the power of vacant land reclamation to individual residents through the processes of acquisition and ownership. In this talk, you will learn about our 10 Years to Maximum Ownership Initiative - how we are helping lower-income communities of color extract environmental health and intergenerational wealth from the distressed land around them. Under this 10 year initiative, our staff is becoming proactive agents of the land recycling system. In ethical and respectful partnership, we want to support individuals living with hyper-vacancy through each step of the land acquisition and ownership process. Hear about the types of intersectional expertise needed across all stages of land ownership in order to develop and launch exceptional direct services to individuals in our target communities who are navigating land recycling systems in the Pittsburgh region.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
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Ford, Ariam
Bilec, Melissambilec@pitt.edumbilec
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Engagement and Community Affairs
Date: 1 March 2022
Event Title: 2022 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum
Event Dates: 1 Mar 2022
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 19:51
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 19:51


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