RE: AG settlement is unfair!
extremely helpful to hear these other reports. Out here in the Midwest,
the NY times is our only access to news stories about these
gardens. Why were these gardens not a part of the new review
procedures? Were they already too far along in the process?
I am glad to hear from Ms. Helen about the flaws in the settlement between
Spitzer and the City. Someone has to say it. When I saw that there was a
settlement, and was overjoyed, but then looked to see that nearly all of the
17 gardens I worked with last summer in the South Bronx, Brownsville and East
New York were slated for "immediate development" under the New Foundations
Home Ownership Program. The program is creating market rate housing (the homes
will cost upwards of $150,000), and this reality has been hidden by the New
York Times. These beautiful gardens, including Ms. Mason-Boykin's garden, the
Over 50 garden, will now have to make way for expensive houses in
neighborhoods with tons of vacant lots (I can think of five or six right by
I'm in Austin, Texas,
itching with a feeling of injustice and powerlessness, and hope that
grassroots activists will work with these folks, either helping them
build new gardens through the relocation process or through any means that
they have or can improvise, to ensure that Ms. Helen and others like her get
to keep their beautiful gardens. Good luck out there, and remember that every
garden destroyed is unacceptable. It may be called unavoidable, but we should
always remember that it is unacceptable.
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