Near Saratoga and and Seventh streets in Central City it can get a little desolate. There’s a couple adjacent blocks dominated by cemeteries and lots of blighted housing and cement and little shade. There’s been some effort at whimsical public art, which I appreciate, and the area is dotted with sleek, modern-looking houses. On Saratoga there’s also a “Green lot,” “a vacant land demonstration project” by the Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative in conjunction with the Tulane City Center. I take it that it’s meant to serve as a model for other vacant, overgrown lots.
The green lot creates “an edge around the site to give it a sense of ownership,” rebuilds “the urban tree canopy along street edges and in areas that may shade a future building,” all the while leaving the interior of the lot clear for future development. Further, ground cover is established to prevent soil erosion and/or prevent drainage problems.
Unfortunately, someone saw fit to dispose of a mattress on the pristine lot.