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Literary Lots in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood brings storybooks to life

There is a place where life-size sandwich sailboats wait for an adventurer to climb aboard. There are towering flowers and pasta tubes big enough to crawl through. There’s a tea party set with mismatched china where you can celebrate a very merry unbirthday.

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Literary Lots (lots of fun!)

Have you seen the super adorable Literary Lots located in Novak Park, close to Bridge & Fulton, near La Petite triangle? It is just too sweet for words.

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“Literary Lots” turn vacant spots into learning areas

CLEVELAND — Before kids go back to school, there is a program that’s helping them pick back those books and start reading again. It’s called “Literary Lots” where a vacant lot in Cleveland is being turned scenes from children’s books.

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Literary Lots will bring characters to life in an underused ohio city park

Currently, visitors to the Carnegie-West branch of the Cleveland Public Library find an underutilized park across the street. But soon they’ll stumble upon a literary wonderland of peanut butter sandwich boats with sails, spaghetti tubes and a stone soup mural.

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Cleveland’s Next Literary Hot Spot? Vacant Lots

It’s the pimped-out version of a game that an imaginative 9-year-old might already play: bringing scenes from favorite children’s books to life in a vacant lot. This summer, in empty lots near libraries in Cleveland, a group of urban planners, artists, designers, nonprofits, and librarians will create interactive exhibits based on books in a new project called Literary Lots.

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Ten cool Kickstarters (that need much less than $2M)

Urban planner Kauser Razvi has a genius idea to transform spaces in Cleveland into kids’ play areas — and to make them look like classic storybooks. She only needs about $300 more, so let’s help her get there and start building.

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What’s a Literary Lot?

Leave the land vacant? How about: let’s not. Let’s make it smart. Let’s make a literary lot. The Literary Lots program helps urban neighborhoods whip empty land into shape, transforming vacant lots into summer program spots for children.

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Literary Lots aims to transform cle’s vacant spots into reading zones

If Kauser Razvi has a say in it, underutilized spaces in Cleveland will be a place where a child’s imagination can run wild, all thanks to power of the written word.

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Creating Spaces, Health-Focused Construction and Suburban vs. Urban, Livability’s Weekly Roundup

Deserted, empty lots in inner cities tend to be scary, seedy places where nefarious activities often go down. They aren’t exactly the kind of place you’d expect to see a summer camp for kids, but that’s exactly what the Cleveland Public Library and a group of creative volunteers have planned.

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From Empty Lots to Fields of Dreams

Cleveland isn’t want for vacant lots. Like its Rust Belt sister Detroit, Cleveland was ravaged by urban sprawl, “brain drain” and the regional collapse of industry. But a growing group of people are capitalizing on the city’s lack of expectations to transform it into a growing metropolis full of surprises.

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Linkubator Sunday Roundup | Week of March 11 – 17

Cleveland Public Library will get to move forward with their project to turn vacant lots into literary playgrounds! Fantastic idea..

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Crain’s Cleveland Business

The local project is called Literary Lots. USA Today writes the urban planner Kauser Razvi “has a genius idea to transform spaces in Cleveland into kids’ play areas — and to make them look like classic storybooks.”

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Monday Muse: Literary Lots

I recently learned about Literary Lots, a wonderful community-based program that aims to “bring books to life” by creatively reshaping, repurposing, and reusing vacant lots in Cleveland, Ohio, to promote educational programming for youth.

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Programming Idea: Literary Lots

In an era where too many homes are still standing empty and lots are undeveloped, it is wonderful to see them being utilized for positive impact in an urban setting. It proves that the public and private sector can come together to produce great things. It proves the power of crowd-funding and social media. And the fact that the project was funded at a greater level than requested shows passion for what the library is doing.

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Reading Nook

The peanut-butter-and-jelly boat is boarding this summer at Novak Park. Straight out of the children’s book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, up to three of the 8-foot wooden vessels, complete with a mast and mesh sail, will help a team led by organizer Kauser Razvi bring literature to life through Literary Lots.

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