Ron Finley, The Gansta Gardener

“…there are those who rise above. There are those who do make a difference in their little part of world and Ron Finley, The Gansta Gardener, is one of them.”

By Matt Johnson, The Systems Scientist

In depressed urban environments, people face the challenges of high foreclosure rates, high condemned and vacant building rates, high unemployment rates, low education levels, lower wages, and lower median household incomes, just to name a few. As an example, this is precisely what is happening in North Minneapolis, specifically in certain neighborhoods in the 4th and 5th Wards. But these aren’t the only challenges urban residents in depressed and disenfranchised areas face. These residents also face health issues.

As Ron Finley explains in this Urban Land Institute talk, children, in depressed areas of Los Angeles for example, face “malnourishment” and a lack of access to nutritious foods. And as a consequence, they face a list of health deficiencies and diseases. These are the unseen byproducts of urban decay.  It is not only the system itself that is in decay, but so is the system’s population as well. As a result, urban decay manifest human decay both in mind and body.

But there are those who rise above. There are those who do make a difference in their little part of world and Ron Finley, The Gansta Gardener, is one of them.

Here’s his talk:

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