In neighboring lot next door to the Qilombo, people from the community have come together to create a beautiful community garden and park on the block that is rapidly becoming known as Afrika Town. For many years the lot had been subject to piles of garbage, tall weeds, needles and feces, and the owner of the lot did next to nothing to clear the space. Now that the community has come together to clean it up themselves and build this magnificent garden, the owner of the lot is threatening to evict Afrika Town volunteers and raze the garden.
“Why now?” Linda Grant, a Qilombo and Afrika Town volunteer remarked “Who would care about a lot that’s been empty for 14 years? Someone who knows there’s money coming into this neighborhood. Why else would they care? They haven’t cared all of those years before.” The land is now worth $995,000.
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