Please consider inclusion of one or more community gardens into the plan, whether along Maryland Avenue or 10th Street. This would compensate for the planned removal of the Independence Community Garden at 6th St. SW/Independence Ave/Maryland Ave, and it would help fill a crucial local need, as many (if not all) community gardens in the DC area have a multi-year wait-list. There is ample room along 10th Street SW and Banneker Park. Community gardens ensure fresh, local, organic produce to local area residents, including low-income residents. They also promote residents' relationship with one another and foster a sense of community. Community gardens could also enhance the investment of non-residents who work in the immediate vicinity and who might also be interested in gardening alongside local residents.
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