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Downtrodden Community Blooms With New Growth

July 19, 2010

One of Chicago’s most repressed neighborhoods just got prettier.

Last week, local residents attended the grand opening of Englewood’s Heritage Station Community Garden, a refuge built as a beautiful and safe place for residents to enjoy.

The fenced-in garden, located at 549 W. 63rd Street, has flower beds, flowering and fruit trees, a walking path, benches and an open space for children to play.

In the center of the garden is an enormous, vibrant mural created by local artist Rahmaan Statik Barnes that celebrates the history of the community as an important rail junction.

Englewood, which was called Junction Grove before incorporating into Chicago in 1889, was once a thriving commercial district. The former rail station served as a terminus for African Americans migrating from the South in the late 1800s.

The community has been neglected over the last four decades and has more vacant lots than almost any neighborhood in the city.

The garden was coordinated by Openlands, a nonprofit organization that promotes green space, funded by the Exelon Foundation and managed by Stay Environmentally Focus’d.

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