My Empty Lot Dreams

It’s something from my childhood and it’s hard to describe. But when I see an empty lot I want to go inside and set up housekeeping. Whatever has grown there I’d leave. I wouldn’t clean up so much, as tuck myself in somehow. Maybe build a small shed or cottage.

plants

I wanted to zoom in to show how huge these leaves were, but this picture doesn’t really convey it. I’d say those leave were over a foot wide, maybe a foot and a half. Imagine building a tiny house in here, and tending the ground so even more wild plants and flowers grew. Doesn’t it seem like it might be heaven?

plants2

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

View all posts by Stacy Horn →

3 thoughts on “My Empty Lot Dreams

  1. I heard an NPR interview with the author of Farm City: it sounds like she did what you describe, but turned a vacant lot in Oakland into a vibrant community garden.

    It got so out of control that she ended up with giant pigs. That’s why I felt obligated to warn you.

  2. Pigs??? Hahaha. Yeah, a lot of people in NYC have done the same thing, but I want to actually building a little house in there and it would be mine mine mine. I’d share with my friends of course. No one else though. (Kidding. Mostly.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *