They are usually full of rubbish and weeds.
Councils spray them with chemicals to kill the weeds.
No-one takes charge of them... except the rats and snakes and foxes.
But in Seattle they call them opportunities.....
And turn them into tiny community gardens like this one, above. People take charge....and colour their lives.
The larger community gardens set aside a percentage of the space to grow food to give away and they maintain them with weekly working bees.... like this one... every Tuesday from 5.30 to dusk. Nice.
In Seattle they do other creative things too with public or community land....please click on the photos to get a better look....
So vegetable gardens and water facilities can be creative, interesting things ...which make them fun and inspiring and good places to be. They don't have to be just rectangular boxes with edges...
The community garden has escaped, below.... and is out in the street!
If they can do it in Seattle where the housing is like this.... we can do it anywhere.