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Community Gardens: Transforming Neighborhoods

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Credit Susan Bence
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Melissa Scanlan enters a former neighborhood eyesore - now a community garden.

Land trusts are far from new to the American experience. There exists a century-old tradition of private and nonprofit groups preserving land not protected by the government.

A local group - founded a dozen years ago – wields preservation tools with an urban twist – transforming empty lots into urban gardens.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence headed out to 49th Street – just west of Washington Park – to see what a group of neighbors have accomplished.

Milwaukee Urban Gardens is going to be showing off the garden Susan Bence visited – along with other burgeoning green spaces – this Sunday with a bus tour.

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.