Some of my industrious and wonderful neighbors created these garden beds from a neighborhood lot that's been sitting vacant for some time.
The land may belong to the city as they're the ones who cut the grass in the summer.
What used to be a place where homeless people camped, residents let their dogs run free and a young man was murdered has become an impromptu community gathering spot.
Upon first glance, most may not think this is a huge achievement but I watched my neighbors---one in particular---mow the grass, frame & dig up those beds by hand, then sift years of debris out of the soil.
Yet the most impressive part is what looks like concrete pavers is the old foundation of the buildings that once stood at that location.
The foundation remnants were dug up and transported to make the borders of the beds.
That, my friends, is dedication.
One of my neighbors who made this all happened told me that he even found multiple backpacks that he believes were stolen from local school children under a secluded cluster of trees.
My only concern is that the soil may have some lead and asbestos contamination from the demolition of buildings. We;re an old neighborhood and I'd wager most of the buildings have been here for well over 50 years---some over 100.
I can't imagine any new construction happening on that lot so the garden should be safe.
As things are planted, I'll take pictures to show the progress of the space and to see if the garden can eventually take over the complete lot.