Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use

A weedy lot near the Propel Northside charter school will become a classroom when students return, thanks to the owner’s donation of its use for the benefit of children.

It’s just a small lot, 24 by 40 feet. You can’t see it from the nearby thoroughfare, Brighton Road, because it’s behind a house. It’s one weedy lot among thousands in the city.

But a vacant lot that eases so generously to a higher purpose is notable. It could serve as an inspiration to other owners of vacant land. If the property’s just sitting there and you aren’t doing anything to elevate its presence in the neighborhood, let someone else. Land deserves to be valued