Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Herald dips into the recycle bin once again...

If you're a regular Herald reader and today's front page gave you that deja-vu-all-over-again feeling, you're probably not alone.

Today's Overtown garden story by James Burnett has been done before.

Lots of times.

As we all know, they're good at recycling stuff at the Herald. Very good.

After all, it's so much easier than coming up with fresh ideas.

FIU psychology professor Marvin Dunn planted his first urban garden 1994, shortly after the Florida Department of Transportation gave him permission to cultivate one of the embankments along I-395 near Overtown.

And the Herald did their first story on Dunn's greening of Overtown in 1996. And they haven't stopped.

I photographed Dunn three years ago when he received the Garden Crusader grand prize..

In October 2006, Herald staffer Laura Morales wrote about a "group of 250 students and teachers from Miami Dade College [gathering] at the corner of Northwest 11th Street and Second Avenue to pull weeds, plant pigeon pea seeds and help get the future Overtown Community Organic Native Plant Nursery and Garden ready to bear some fruit."

That location just happens to be around the corner from the garden at Northwest Third Avenue and 10th Street, where today's gardening story takes place.

Today's story was very nice and made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

But is it really news every time someone plants a radish or a mess of collard greens in Overtown?

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