The outdoor spaces created by the Yorkshire Woods Community Organization (YWCO) on Detroit’s east side are a perfect example of the phrase “from little things, big things grow.”
Since the neighborhood group’s inception in 1975, efforts have waxed and waned, but five years ago the organization’s president, Mose Primus, gathered 100 volunteers to do a neighborhood cleanup. From there, their efforts have done nothing but grow, even in the face of a global pandemic.
After purchasing and demolishing three derelict homes on six lots of land, the resident-led innovation group has installed a small farm and gardens, brought in artists to paint murals, and are beautifying their neighborhood “one block at a time.”
“In the last five years what we have done is given the community a place to be peaceful,” says Primus. “I have seen young people come over and just sit on the park bench, I see these two young ladies come and do art work — they sit and paint.”
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