Remember the acronym “NIMBY”? That’s how sociologists and cartoonists often characterize the visceral reaction that a proposed new development (airport, power plant, strip mall, etc.) will elicit among the residents of the surrounding community: “Not in my back yard!” ioby, however, is all about empowering local projects that bring positive change
An inspirational story about how our very own Northside Ambassador, Cynthia Levy-Mendoza and family work together to transform their neighboring vacant lot into a wonderful community space. Check out Cynthia’s project page to learn more about her project and what her plans are for her vacant lot. If you would
A lot of progress has been made by the ReClaim Northside Ambassadors! This summer we have moved tons of soil, planted dozens of flowers, and battled the veracious knotweed. Check out their vacant lot project pages to see even more photos and the ambassador’s stories. We have allot of volunteer workdays throughout
Dana is transforming a former reservoir site into a flourishing community space. The space will utilize recycled materials for seating and art pieces. She envisions her friends and neighbors using the space to have a picnic, walk their dogs or stroll alongside the flowers and trees.
Cara Jette was a GTECH ReClaim South Ambassador in 2013-2014. This was the project completed through the Ambassador program with support from the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, neighbors of the site, and broader Allentown residents. [dt_sc_blockquote type=”type4″ align=”left”]“My neighborhood has been more on a downward trajectory, but recently in
Shari Holland, ReClaim McKeesport Ambassador “A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space — a place not just set apart but reverberant — and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into
A community garden is a wonderful idea for a vacant lot. The benefits outside of fresh produce, became very real to Lisa Freeman after founding the Manchester Growing Together Community Garden in 2011. Just a few blocks from her home in Pittsburgh’s Northside, the garden has had a lasting impact not only on