Learn more about the local nonprofit that works with communities to revitalize vacant or neglected land throughout Pittsburgh.
Meet Ariam Ford-Graver, executive director of Grounded Strategies
A city planner with a passion for environmental justice, Ariam Ford-Graver is the executive director of Grounded Strategies, a local nonprofit that uses land as a medium for community change. In this episode, she talks about the work that Grounded does to help people reclaim and revitalize vacant lots and abandoned spaces in neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County.
Learn why equitable access to high quality green space is important and how city planning decisions can have an effect on a neighborhood’s value (or consequent devaluing over time). “Land is the one thing you can’t make more of,” she explains. Ford-Graver believes that “you cannot achieve racial equity without addressing spatial inequity.” While we address this idea in this episode, Grounded’s “Black Neighborhoods Matter” website post digs deeper into what this means in the city of Pittsburgh.
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Grounded is calling for more investment in the greening of vacant land. The lack of care for vacant and abandoned properties disproportionately harms our Black neighbors. Click on the link in our bio to learn how vacant land, community health, and racial justice are related. #groundedpgh #environmentaljustice #blackneighborhoodsmatter
For more information on Grounded
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This episode was hosted by Aadam Soorma, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.
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