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When neighbors transform a vacant lot or trash strewn curbside into a flowering pocket park or garden, they are doing more than planting bulbs and shrubs. They are building strong communities where people care about one another and the places where they live.
For more than two decades, the Community Greenspace program has helped volunteers around the city take charge of making safe and livable neighborhoods. The beautiful spaces that result from their work typically begin with a group of neighbors who come together with a vision for what they want their community to look like.
“They will say, ‘I want my community to look beautiful,’ or ‘I want to create a safe place for kids to play,’ says Collen Murphy-Dunning, Executive Director of Urban Resources Initiative (URI), which runs the program. “These places undergo magical transformations. Children are now playing in parks that had been dumping grounds.” Continue reading.