In this month’s print edition of Sunset magazine, there is a great article about a family in San Francisco who started a great community-based greening project in their neighborhood. Knowing they were going to raise children in the city, near a busy road, they worked hard on slowing down traffic AND greening up their neighborhood. Block after block, more and more of their neighbors came out to help green up their streets. It really is quite an inspirational story, and one that I hope is happening across the country. At the end of the article, there are a few resources for finding community-based greening projects near you…if you happen to live in the west. (I receive the “west” version of the magazine since that’s where I live) Here are the resources they listed, for those of you living in the west!
Groundswell NW based in Seattle. Creates community parks and greens streets.
Intersection Repair based in Portland. Sponsors citizen-led conversions of urban streets into public spaces.
Los Angeles Guerrilla Gardening based in Los Angeles. Encourages residents to start their own gardens and help maintain ones in public spaces.
San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets based in San Jose. Offers a downloadable DIY Median Kit with both San Francisco specifics and general tips.
Got a community-based greening project near you? Let us know about it in the comments!