St. Louis

Rooted

Community gardens in cities, often touted as the the solution to many urban health and crime issues, have been used as an educational tool since the beginning of the twentieth century. Through gardening, “one learns not only practical skills associated with gardening—but also the civic-mindedness to nurture a community open space” [1]. Gardens teach youth…

If You Build It

Abutting I-44 and wedged between Compton and McKinley Heights, the Fox Park neighborhood of St. Louis is a small community with a culture of its own. A painted fleur de lis pattern dances across the asphalt, and green fire hydrants (painted with a fox, of course) stand sentry along the sidewalks. It is October, and…

Father to Son

Ken Nwachukwa stands atop a grey metal fold-up chair and clangs his champagne glass with a metal spoon. The crowd of family and friends, each engaged in separate conversations, congregate around Ken and his step-son, David Ayeke. The occasion is David’s high school post-graduation party. “David, I pass the torch to you,” laughing in a…

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