From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces

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The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells about a fake hospital that's testing out high- and low-tech gadgets for real medical discoveries. They also discuss a Los Angeles project seeking to transform vacant lots into parks.

The New And The Next

  • A 'Zillow' For Vacant Lots

    "As you know, vacant lots can be a big problem in lots of cities, and in South Central Los Angeles. For example, people were seeing lots of vacant lots. But the other problem they had was that there weren't parks to enjoy and walk in.

    "And so a community group called the Los Angeles Community Health Council has created ... this website called LA Open Acres, which they call basically a Zillow for vacant lots."

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  • Fake Hospital, Real Innovation

    "Kaiser, the big managed-care health organization, with like 9 million members, has figured out that a fake hospital is often the best way to provide better care and in some cases more efficient care ...

    "Within a 37,000-square-foot warehouse, they literally have built what looks like a hospital ... They not only have the things you're familiar with, but they're starting to test new gadgets. ... So it is both a today and tomorrow kind of innovation center."

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