Friday, December 4, 2015  |  0 Comment(s)  |   Email   Print

V2V Ribbon Cutting in Gary

Last week, residents, colleagues and V2V partners met in the Aetna neighborhood in Gary, Indiana to celebrate three new Vacant to Vibrant green infrastructure sites in the community.

Despite the first snowfall of the year, many people came out to show their support for the project. Refreshments were served and community members and professionals across various sectors had a chance to meet and discuss changes on the horizon. Before the ribbon cutting and official unveiling of V2V sites, five speakers welcomed attendees and remarked on the project and greater municipal and regional efforts. These speakers included:

  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of the City of Gary
  • Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Adminstrator
  • Mark Lopez, Chief of Staff for Congressman Visclosky
  • Sandra Albro, V2V Leader and Research Associate at Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Brenda Scott Henry, V2V Team and Director of Green Urbanism and Environmental Affairs for the City of Gary

After the ribbon was cut, attendees were invited to visit the other community green infrastructure sites nearby in Aetna. While some updates remain to be completed pending community response, the three vacant lots have come a long way since they were selected for green development, especially the sites on Oklahoma where Hardest Hit vacant homes stood just one year ago. To see images of the sites without snow cover, please visit our last blog post here.






The Times of NW Indiana did a great job covering the event. You can read their article and view some professional photos here.

Many thanks to everyone who came out last week and showed their support, and to our V2V Team in Gary (Brenda, Deb and Jewel) for hosting an amazing, seamless ceremony!!


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