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Re: Gardens in Hollow Blocks


In washington dc, these hollow blocks are as follows:  homes owned or rented 
surrounding open space that is generally owned by yet again someone else and 
is just sitting there, so that means there in no convincing of someone to 
give up part of their back yard to a community effort.  a community garden in 
the hollow block generally serves to save the owner the cost of maintenance 
which is required by law, and often cuts down on the trash dumping, 
loitering, and crime that these spaces attract.  We have a number of these 
blocks in Washington, DC.  Hope that helps to clarify.  I might add that now 
it looks like the spirit of infill development is growing and many of these 
inner block areas are likely to be developed, as long as the alleys that lead 
to them are wide enough for the municipally required fire and utility truck 
access.

Judy Tiger
GROW, Washington DC 

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