Free Your Soil
From Paved Lots Back to Paradise
Paved surfaces are a necessary part of the urban landscape, but the empty and underused concrete lots that make up a portion of every cityscape could be put to much better use. Depave, a Portland-based nonprofit, is dedicated to eliminating the large swaths of unnecessary asphalt that contribute to stormwater pollution, increased temperatures, and a rising disconnect between humans and the natural world. They’re ripping up empty lots and replacing the concrete with greenery—and they’ve compiled a how-to guide so that others can do the same.
[Top Image: Graham Coreil-Allen]