I live one block away from the George W. Carver Food Park — or what’s left of it — and was outraged by its sudden and unwarranted destruction by TDOT.
I was further angered by [The City Paper’s] incredibly one-sided and poorly researched article titled “I-440 area community garden bulldozed following complaints.” Did your reporter not go to the site? The Earth Matters people have been holding vigil there ever since the bulldozers showed up, so to say they could not be reached for comment was shamefully lazy reporting. Furthermore, the article's statement that the garden had become “an eyesore” is a matter of opinion with which I and many others in the neighborhood strongly disagree.
This garden has been a wonderful educational resource to the city’s youth, a benefit to gardens and gardeners all over the city, and a glowing example of responsible environmental practice. Shame on TDOT for sending 12 bulldozers with little advance warning to destroy what took a group of concerned citizens 20 years to build, based on the complaints of a very few narrow-minded residents. And shame on The City Paper for its shoddy reporting on the matter, in what amounts to a cover-up of a local travesty of justice.
Jason S. White