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miss myra’s garden (how a group of neighbors transformed a vacant lot into a vibrant community space)

this is miss myra.

miss myra lives here (2838 amber)

she’s lived on amber street in kensington since 1980, and she’s been a block captain for over 35 years.

there’s a big vacant lot on her block. she and her neighbors have been looking after it over the years. this parcel (2848 amber) has a delinquent owner,

and these two (2850-52 amber) are owned by the city.

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in may of 2016, residents cleared the lot of trash, rocks, bricks, and 6-foot weeds.


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so myra got together with her neighbors + nkcdc, and they decided to do something about it. they wanted to turn this lot into a safe, beautiful space for neighbors of all ages to socialize and relax.

they turned this

into this!

(pretty impressive, right?)

but there was more work to do! in 2017, they repainted one of the walls, built a fence,

and in the summer of 2017, after

18 100

months, volunteers,

added stone borders, and dug out bricks and other debris so that grass and plants could grow.




countless hours of work,

the garden was ready!

the grass was lush and flowers were blooming,

and in june, hundreds of neighbors came together for a block party on the garden’s opening day. they painted the fence and decorated the gate with all the things they love about their neighborhood.

community organizations and city representatives joined residents to celebrate the beautiful community space that they had created together.

(and councilman squilla came to handle the grill!)

miss myra’s garden demonstrates that with hard work, collaboration, and a shared vision, neighbors can transform their neighborhoods - and they have big plans for 2018.

come by and see it sometime!

Ms Myra's Garden  
Ms Myra's Garden  

By Ellie Vamos for NKCDC