On our many trips around North Central Philadelphia we have noticed that there are a lot of what appear to be abandoned gardens in the area. Not just small front yard gardens but expansive lots full of unkempt plants, gates with vines and signs indicating that someone once cared for this place. We drove by a particular overgrown area that had signs claiming to be a farm and a stable, but clearly was neither anymore. While trying to track down our failed stable story we asked about the former farm and one of the men at 26th and Fletcher stables told us that it had been abandoned for at least ten years. There are so many of these spanning the North Central area, it would be interesting to look into a few of them and see if we could find out why they went by the wayside.
As far as “Ask the Mayor” goes I’m sure that’s the last thing on Mayor Nutter’s mind right now. If we’re shutting down libraries I doubt we’re going to save a few public gardens for the beautification of a neighborhood that is often, like the gardens, put by the wayside.
Leeann Hamilton and Jeff Craven, Group 16, North Central Philadelphia