Learn more about vacant lot blight beautification, soil remediation and food security in this do-it-yourself handbook from CSED. Do you have a blighted, vacant lot adjacent to your home or in the next block? Would you like to be able to create something beautiful and useful in that space for very little money? In the spring of 2013, the CSED was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do just that…turn a blighted, overgrown, vacant lot which was full of trash, vermin, and drug users, into a community pocket park and orchard at 4817-19 Dauphine Street. This lot now provides neighbors with a beautiful place to relax, learn about plants and soil remediation, and enjoy the “fruit” of our labor. We hope our story of how we accomplished this project will inspire you to “get the lead out” and help to eradicate blight in your community.