|From:||Tony Chenhansa <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 19 May 1999 15:50:09 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: "The Economic Benefits of Open Space"|
Emery, Peter This isn't really a response to your recent posting but I think it was fate that I came across this 5/14/99 Associated Press article today. I'll see if Bette Midler wants to chime in on the "Open Space" discussion. ;-) Tony C. For the complete article go to: http://www.msnbc.com/news/269420.asp And for other similar articles http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/ap/ap_us/story.html?s=v/ap/19990515/us/gardens_grow_1.html "NY Gardens saved by Singer" (Summary) "NEW YORK, May 14 — For two decades, 78-year-old Olean For has toiled in a vacant lot in her neighborhood, turning the once garbage-strewn area into a lush garden in the midst of New York City’s concrete. For’s little lot became one of 115 community gardens located in mostly low-income neighborhoods, former eyesores that had become eye-catchers with explosions of pansies, roses and vegetables…" The gardens, which are highly sought after by developers, were almost "extinct" when the City held an auction last Wednesday. Fortunately, the winning bid came from Bette Midler and the Trust for Public Land. Midler's group New York Restoration Project and TPL raised $4 million to buy all the gardens. The community gardens were established 25 years ago by residents who were tired of the "trash strewn lots and illegal dumping grounds." The city wanted to cash in on the real estate boom and get the property back on the "tax rolls" One of the gardens in Queens was photographed in National Geographic and another Harlem garden hopes to provide summer vegetables for soup kitchens. -- [EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: CPEO'S PHONE NUMBER HAS CHANGED TO 415-405-7751. OUR FAX NUMBER IS STILL THE SAME] Tony Chenhansa, Program Coordinator Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) 425 Market Street 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 ph: 415-405-7751 fx: 415-904-7765 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cpeo.org A program of the San Francisco Urban Institute
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