Glossary: K-L

Kid Friendly #

Fun, educational, and safe spaces for youth

Land #

Part of the earth’s surface not covered by water; soil; one of the most potentially valuable amenities in Detroit.

Land Cover #

The Land Cover data describes what currently exists on the ground for all areas within the city. There are five categories of land cover for the city of Detroit: Impervious Surface, Trees, Open Space, Bare Ground and Water.

Impervious Surface includes structures such as buildings, roads, driveways and parking lots, which water cannot penetrate. Trees are areas of the city covered by trees and other woody plants. Open Space includes areas such as parks and lawns that are covered with grass. Bare Ground is land that is covered only with dirt. In Detroit, this land cover often is found on baseball and soft ball fields and running tracks.

Land Cover information can help inform decisions about the types of site design that may be most beneficial for the neighborhoods and the city.

Land Trust #

A non profit organization that works to conserve land by holding, assembling, maintaining, and stewarding land, for purposes including, but not limited to, conservation.

Large Parks #

Traditional large open spaces across the city that provide recreational opportunities and environmental benefits to local and regional populations. This typology includes parks, cemeteries, golf courses, and other traditional landscapes, four acres or greater in size. These public spaces typically are managed by the Detroit Recreation Department, but other organizations may contribute to programming and maintenance.

Lifespan of Lot Design #

Quick Fix: 1 year
Short term: Up to 5 years
Middle term: 5 -10 years
Long term: 10 years+
Heirloom: Multi-generational

Light Industrial #

Areas that incorporate modern, light industrial uses that provide attractive environments for jobs and are compatible with nearby neighborhoods. They accommodate light industrial businesses and technology parks, food processing and wholesaling, advanced manufacturing, and research and development facilities on high-value urban land in an attractive, low-impact manner.

Live + Make #

Areas that blend smaller scale, low-impact production activity with a diversity of residential and retail uses. Low-impact production can include artisanal and small manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, and workshop uses. These communities often include repurposed historic industrial structures.

Long Term (time horizon) #

Between ten and twenty years

Lot #

A parcel of land. The site designs in the Field Guide assume the typical lot dimensions of 30’×100’.