My neighborhood is still capable of surprising me every now and again. Such was the case yesterday when we stopped by the Mid-City Community Garden for the first time.

Mid-City Community Garden

Amazing! Here in the shadow of Tulane Avenue are colorful raised beds full of beautiful vegetables.

Cabbage Etc

We were there for a fundraiser event — a mere $5 for a plate of BBQ ribs plus half a dozen sides. Delicious and filling.

Brock

But most of all I was impressed by the vision of Joseph Brock and his cohorts. It’s this kind of community spirit that makes me love my neighborhood.

For more information, visit midcitycommunitygarden.com.

Oh, and check out this message, hand-painted on the building next door:

This Owner Don't Care

Keep Out — This Owner Don’t Care — The Block Do!

This really says it all about the problems of blighted property and absentee landlords here.

Postscript: As I was writing this I got word that a former president of our neighborhood organization, Jim Taylor, passed away last night. This makes me sad. Jim was a good guy. He would have loved this garden project. I wonder if he ever got a chance to see it.

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