Outdoors

Dahlia Square could become a garden spot -- but right now plans are sowing dissension

The thirty-plot community garden lies in the shadow of Liggins Towers, a brick high-rise full of Section 8 apartments in northeast Park Hill. The property is owned by Zion Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation west of the Mississippi, but the garden is relatively new; the Eastside Growers Collective came together in 2009 as the urban-farming movement began booming in Denver. But the people working here today are not the young, white hipsters you find at many community gardens across the city; they're older black and brown men who are digging a hole and tinkering with the plumbing. The hot sun will dry up their vegetables if they don't get the water working. See also: Crips burned down the Holly in Bloods territory, but can peace emerge from the ashes of Park Hill?
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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