This spring, Columbus's beautiful Kossuth Garden lost its bid to continue bringing together the urban community, growing food and flowers, providing fresh produce for locals, and enjoining kids to learn about and experience nature. A city ruling prioritizing private property over people, the environment, and community forced the closing of and eventual paving over of Kossuth Garden. Its last day was May 1, 2021.
Local mainstream media coverage aired interviews with officials presenting the position of the city and developer. Missing were the voices of the people literally on the ground, those who had invested their time, money, and labor into the garden; the volunteers who had planted, nurtured, and harvested; and the locals who called Kossuth's green space home.
On May 27, Kossuth Garden's Micheal Doody provide the missing part, the people's story of the community garden. He will recount how a decade ago locals had transformed the abandoned area into the communal natural space and discuss their mission for it. He will share stories of the people involved and the variety of benefits of the garden for the local neighbors and the City of Columbus, and later explain the reasons for the garden's recent demise.
Columbus, OH 43210
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