You can learn more about the Ynot Lot story by reading this Dialogue post by the Neighborhood Design Center.
The Ynot Lot is a privately-owned vacant lot in Baltimore’s Station Arts North District. Located at a crossroads of majority-black and majority-white neighborhoods, and featuring a simple design consisting of a stage, mural, and colorful border railing, the Ynot Lot serves as a vibrant site for cultural programming throughout the spring, summer, and fall. In 2017, it hosted events focused on arts, youth, social justice, and cross-cultural collaboration. Local residents and groups hosted performances, design events, benefits, clothing drives, and more with support from Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc.
As part of our Open Call: Proposals for Public Life, Gehl Institute worked with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) to measure the public life effects of this programming. NDC is a Baltimore-based nonprofit that offers low-cost design and planning services to help community partners achieve their visions. They were interested in new methods for documenting the impact of their work, as well as discovering how a vacant lot brings together people of different backgrounds.