As I mentioned in my intro, I live in a home that was restored by the history and landmarks society here in Pittsburgh. They are working tirelessly to save this historic district from the decay that took over with the gangs of the 80s and 90s.
Most people moved out, leaving their homes abandoned, which only breeds more and more crime and decay. But this new initiative is changing things!
This small area where graffiti and empty houses also boasts it's very own organic farm!
Being a proud new homeowner, but aware of my neighborhoods shortcomings, I am hoping to brighten things up for my 4 and 5 year old daughters. I have a lot of obstacles in my way, but I am determined!
I am going to attach a photo of my house, to try to illustrate what I am up against.
This is my mom on my porch on Halloween:
As you may be able to see, the area next to my house, there is a chain link fence and a car. We parked the car there for safe keeping for a few weeks, but that is actually a part of our "yard" now. I say "yard" because it was an alley, with bricks, that they fenced off to make a yard for us. The bricks are still there, though there is a triangle patch of grass in the back, and a strip of grass along the other side as well.
I also have the little area in front of the house to play with. The foundation planted a redbud tree in front, and skyrocketing junipers along the turret. Some neighborhood kid cut down the last juniper though.
The area needs a lot of work, and is still in it's first phase (my next door neighbors house has also been restored, as you can see) the houses and buildings around me are mostly abandoned. I'll attach a photo of that as well.
Anyway, I am not adverse to pulling the bricks up in my "yard" but was told it may be easier to leave the bricks and layer gravel and sand and plant grass where the bricks are, and save any real gardening for the plots where there are no bricks.
Oh also, I have an American Mastiff puppy who is quite large.. I plan on sectioning a part off for his business.
Anyway, I appreciate it if you made it this far, and would appreciate it even more if you had any advice for me!
My main goal here is to brighten the place for my kids, and also to show my pride in the neighborhood!
Thanks so much!!!