Community Gardens: Transforming Neighborhoods

Sep 12, 2012

Melissa Scanlan enters a former neighborhood eyesore - now a community garden.
Credit Susan Bence

Land trusts are far from new to the American experience. There exists a century-old tradition of private and nonprofit groups preserving land not protected by the government.

A local group - founded a dozen years ago – wields preservation tools with an urban twist – transforming empty lots into urban gardens.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence headed out to 49th Street – just west of Washington Park – to see what a group of neighbors have accomplished.

Milwaukee Urban Gardens is going to be showing off the garden Susan Bence visited – along with other burgeoning green spaces – this Sunday with a bus tour.