July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature
What do you do when the block you live on has been so choked with drugs, addicts, and violent crime that no one seems to remember better days? In 2002, retired residents Annette Smith and Karl Paige started planting flowers and vegetables here and there around the block, and changed the world. The Quesada Gardens Initiative (QGI) is the 100% resident-led movement that Annette’s and Karl’s act of love ignited. Still producing unprecedented results – visible, sustained change with little funding in a place where the priciest government programs often disappoint – the heart of Bayview boasts a safe and beautiful oasis.