How busy have I been at work the last two days? So, so busy that I wrote this post on my way to work yesterday, but didn’t even have the chance to paste it into the blog software.
So, anyway, the “last night” referenced is actually Wednesday, not that it’s all that relevant to the story.
Last night I went to the kickoff ceremony for the creation of a neighborhood garden/park that’s being built practically in my backyard. It’s being built on a vacant lot owned by the city adjacent to the Kentucky Courts housing project.
The cool thing about it is that it’s entirely the result of local activism. Some folks in the ‘hood decided a community garden would be a better than an asphalt square with a dumpster (uh, yeah) and started petitioning the city. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I initially heard the plan; I’ve lived in DC long enough to doubt that the city would give away land when it is at such a premium. But I was proven wrong last night, when our council member, the mayor, and the heads of the agencies who will own and manage the land all showed up at the event and gave speeches enthusiastically endorsing the project. I was especially happy to hear from the head of the residents’ board at Kentucky Courts about how excited they are for the garden — I was a little worried it might come off a bit like a gentrification move.
I volunteered to join the neighborhood steering committee for the project while I was there. While I did it partially because it just seems like a good thing to be involved with, I also have the selfish motivation of really, really wanting a plot in the garden, come spring. And if I have to go to some meetings and plant some trees to get it, so be it.
(The photo, by the way, is of the garden site, taken from the stairs to my back porch. It’s that close!)