Breathing Life Into a Vacant Lot

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.

View of the Ynot Lot from North Ave. Credit: Jennifer Goold.

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.

Attendees at this summer’s Appreciate the Arts event. Credit: Shae McCoy.