This week, I went to visit the second year grantees of the Mini Grant Program with the program leader. Because of this trip, I came to know about the origins of all those scattered vacant lands in Detroit. As the population moved out of the city, many houses were abandoned and demolished, which created vacant lands, and places for dumping in the community. While the government tried to relocate people and make scattered vacant lands into a bigger vacant land, which is easier for redevelopment, Detroit people were unwilling to move and preferred to stay where they lived. That’s why instead of developing a larger vacant land, DFC encourages people to take advantage of small vacant lands by making it a beautiful garden and a cozy place for community gatherings. Besides the whole history behind it, I was also deeply impressed by the design of these lots. Not only do they have trees and bushes, they also provide tables and chairs for people in the community to gather together and maybe have barbecue. Some of them even have devices to help alleviate storm water problems. After listening to the stories behind each lot design, I feel deeply impressed by the determination of these block club/community development organizations.