Rebuilding lives while rebuilding neighborhoods

August 7, 2018

White and yellow butterflies flitted about and tomato vines bent heavily with about-to-ripen fruit this  morning as a group of city officials, residents and members of the media toured the Johnnie Mae urban farm in southeast Fort Wayne.

The now bountifully-bearing produce plot on what had been vacant lots behind the former Fire Station No. 9 at 2518 Winter St. was just one of the residential redevelopment projects being shown off by officials during a tour organized by the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Services.

The tour aimed to show off the tangible results federal and other government funding has had on city neighborhoods.

The money, said Mary Tyndall, community development spokeswoman, rebuilds lives while they rebuild neighborhoods.

All were designed to assist at least some residents with lower incomes find housing and stable neighborhoods.

“So many things are going on right now in Fort Wayne we thought it’s a good time to show off some of our progress in affordable housing,” Tyndall, a tour leader, said. 

The projects tend to be on a smaller scale and aren’t as visible as those sending giant construction cranes into the sky over downtown, she said.

“But they’re good because there’s a shortage now of affordable, safe units throughout our city right now,” Tyndall said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Wednesday.


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