From Lot to Spot (FLTS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving blighted, urban neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area one vacant lot at a time. FLTS attempt to do this by creating solutions and actions that contribute to community economic development from the ground, up. We start with the community and communicate their ideas, concerns and interests to the proper agencies.
One of our major objectives is to contribute to community economic development by promoting the creation of greenspaces. Los Angeles and its surrounding urban communities suffer from a lack of open space, parks, community gardens and other areas of recreation. Additionally, vacant lots are abundant and prove to be blighted sources in communities. All too often these lots are located in neighborhoods of low to moderate income communities where investment and interest have been abandoned.
FLTS aims to restructure and improve the urban landscape, engage civic participation and promote community economic development in these areas by promoting revitalization through beautification. Additionally FLTS works with local businesses to increase business activity by upgrading their exteriors and developing their landscaping. These types of revitalization efforts promote economic activity and foster economic development throughout the entire community.
There are a number of neighborhoods that are in need of social and recreational spaces or ‘spots’. These ‘spots’ are necessary for children to play, for adults to relax and for neighborhoods to grow and thrive. We aim to convert vacant LOTS into urban SPOTS. We believe in planning for a community’s needs, not against them. That is why we work closely with all fundamentals that comprise a community, from civic leaders to community leaders.
FLTS is a group ready and willing to help communities express their voice to the agencies that make decisions that affect their neighborhoods. We take a serious stand on community input and participation. We have an extensive outreach program which documents community interests and concerns.