PHS and Little Wonder Team Up to Fight Urban Blight

In a joint venture with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Little Wonder has donated eight high-performance vacuums to aide PHS in Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative. The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) is an unprecedented effort by the City of Philadelphia to counter the history of decline in the city and revitalize its neighborhoods. Through PHS the cities NTI founded the “Philadelphia Green Program” to develop innovative approaches to land management. One such developmental approach is called the “Community-based Vacant Land Maintenance Program”. This program utilizes community and social service organizations to regularly clean more than 2,000 parcels or nearly 2,500,000 square feet of abandoned land in ten neighborhoods.

Over the past five years countless walls have been scrubbed clean of paint, a multitude of abandoned cars have been towed, and thousands of dangerous buildings have been removed. One problem remains more daunting than all of the others. There are still more than 35,000 parcels of vacant land abandoned and susceptible to the ravages of litter, dumping, and overgrowth. To aid the Vacant Land Maintenance Program’s ongoing efforts to make the clean up and maintenance of these parcels less time consuming and more efficient, Little Wonder donated a new high-performance vacuum to each of the program’s neighborhood groups.

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