Letter to the Editor

Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10:05pm

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

Nashville,   37204

26 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 4/12/11 at 4:31

I, like many yesterday, have no idea where this "Food Park" is located or what they're talking about.

By: house_of_pain on 4/12/11 at 4:49

This is the main reason we go off-topic so much, d7.
How's tricks?

By: dargent7 on 4/12/11 at 5:15

"pain" How's your pansiey's doing? Not in your flower garden, but the two guys living next door.....
"Oh, Lord, forgive me for that one..." Larry the Cable Guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/12/11 at 5:32

oh, i know where Carver Park is. It borders Sevier Park in the 12South neighborhood. It WAS kept up and did youth programs to teach kids about gardening. wow, now i see why folks are mad. Mornin', house and dargent.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/12/11 at 5:40

When I saw Carver Park I always viewed it as a glowing example of a community garden. There were always large groups of neighbors working in the garden and I believe they had composting as well. This is sad. Why would Metro do that?

By: BigPapa on 4/12/11 at 6:49

I know this is off topic, but Im just glad that they're going to announce the re-opening of Opry Mills today. It's been a year and I was wondering what they'd do with all that property just sitting there.

By: house_of_pain on 4/12/11 at 6:51

Wassup, Blanket?
Did you guys notice the old lady next to our table, checking us out, last Sunday?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/12/11 at 7:05

Good morning


By: Captain Nemo on 4/12/11 at 7:06

I think the garden was a plus for the neighborhood.


Are you talking about the one snarling and with the dog?

By: house_of_pain on 4/12/11 at 7:13

She had orange hair, Nemo. She was sitting behind you.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/12/11 at 7:29

Yes I saw her when we left, house. I got to thinking that we had been visited by a troll.

By: dargent7 on 4/12/11 at 7:55

Announce the re-Opening of Opry Mills today?
Am I missing something....they said Nov. if they're lucky.
Maybe ONE other store besides Bass Pro has a re-opening.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/12/11 at 8:10

If they do how high will they make the levee and what will that do to the lands up and down river.

By: slacker on 4/12/11 at 8:31

pain, there are rumors that an Orangutan lives in the ''nations.''
You might have had an Orangefoot sighting.

By: slacker on 4/12/11 at 8:46

Just heard a blurb on the news about Opry Mills. They are going to announce its future.

By: slacker on 4/12/11 at 12:26

Sorry.. Orangutan just seemed funny at the time.

By: house_of_pain on 4/12/11 at 12:52

You think it was "Clyde", slacker?

By: slacker on 4/12/11 at 1:02

pain, mighta been Nemo's suspect.

By: brrrrk on 4/12/11 at 1:16

Tactics used by the right that you might find interesting....... and they were here.


Anyone see Ben in that crowd?

By: brrrrk on 4/12/11 at 1:37

Interesting info about the Chamber of Commerce......



By: shef2 on 4/12/11 at 6:55

First of all, JASON,
Nice comment.
My little 93 year old friend, Mr. Ewing, walked over there from Battlefield Dr., & it gave him a sense of purpose & pride.
I heard from my Councilwoman, Sandra Moore (District 17) that the buildings were not "up to code", & that's why they BULLDOZED them down.
I also heard they didn't give much notice, & NO "Airtime", or perhaps they could have done a "Community Project" to help...
This is a very sad thing to happen, & I can only HOPE that the Community over where you are can HELP NOW, in getting it back together... Love, Susan
(Or whatever it is that THEY want to discuss-??) Unbelievable-!!! AAARRGGHH-!!! GO AWAY-!!!

By: yogiman on 4/12/11 at 10:10

Don't you understand, shef2? This site is for a select few to chit chat on a daily basis. To hell with the itemized subject.

By: Loner on 4/13/11 at 8:29

Good morning, Nashville!

I do not know enough about this story to comment; but on the surface, this looks like an attempt to "Git the Hippies". When I read the term, "community garden", I think hippies, communes and the seventies. Of course, all the hippies are getting a bit long in the tooth...some young ones are keeping the faith. Maybe TDOT and Metro decided to team up and make the place "Hippie-free".

Thanks for the call Sunday. I hope that Captain Nemo is feeling better. I dunno, Bonnaroo might be cool; but I don't know if my postal jeep is up to a marathon road trip.

By: Loner on 4/13/11 at 8:42

Jason White and the folks who lost what they loved to the 20 bulldozers have had a taste of what it must be like to be a Palestinian Arab in the West Bank or E. Jerusalem. Arab homes are routinely condemned, bulldozed and the lands become sites for state-sponsored, Jews-only, housing tracts.

By: Loner on 4/13/11 at 8:48

Et tu, Shet2?

By: gabster1000 on 4/14/11 at 6:21

Pictures speak a thousand words. Mr. Herring has been contacted and given notices of codes violations since February. On March 4, he was given a directive by TDOT to clean the place up and have it meet Metro Codes standards. Maybe you should ask him why he ignored the directives. This is what we had to see, smell and breathe every day.