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Seed bombs, the “tree lady of Brooklyn,” and the roots of urban gardening.

New York City looked a lot different in the 1960s and 1970s. A sharp economic decline and white flight meant there was mass disinvestment and urban decay, particularly in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods. It’s what Hattie Carthan and Liz Christy noticed in their communities when they each set out to revive their neighbourhoods by making them greener. Ultimately, their radical acts of gardening would transform the landscape across New York City.

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