Tom Ritz gives a great little write up describing a project Sacred Roots has been a part of.
|| Love Bombs on Portland || This mural overlooks what used to be a giant assault slab for parking, but it was used for more than just parking. Located at Woodstock and 82nd, it was known for people using it to cut through to avoid the intersection as well as shadier things like drug sales and worse.
About two years ago a young women who lived across the street decided to do something about it. She acquired grants and permission to depave and turned unneeded parking space into rain gardens with native plants. Since the project started, crime in the area has dropped significantly. Who wants to deal drugs while huge hearts are watching over them?
Our little missional community came along the way at one point and have since had a hand in planting and upkeep. Through the relationships we built with the church whose parking lot this is, we’ve been invited to use a room of theirs that’s been used for storage for far too long. The best part about it is that we can see this mural from the window.
I’m excited to see what comes of this. (at Our Happy Block)