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August 1, 2011
Midtown Sacramento lot overgrown - what gives?

Three years ago, the city bought a small slice of land in midtown with the purpose of turning the highly-visible parcel into a neighborhood park.

Today, that parcel at 19th and Q streets is not only still vacant, it's overgrown with weeds. What gives?

I'm writing a story on that lot for tomorrow's Bee and am wondering if residents know of other long-neglected lots, especially those that are supposed to be turned into parks or new developments. With the economy the way it is, I suspect there are many lots around town in states of disrepair.

As for the 19th and Q lot, the city says it will probably still be months before there's a park there. In the meantime, city officials are hopeful they can put $200,000 in federal grants to use and clean up toxic chemicals from the site.

In the meantime, the city says it will get rid of the overgrown weeds at the lot next week. That will come as a relief to neighborhood residents and the area's councilman, Steve Cohn, both of whom have expressed frustration with the state of the lot.

Here's a photo I shot last week:

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at rlillis@sacbee.com

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