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Afrika Town Victory — Community Garden Wins Reprieve from Bulldozer and OPD, 4/3/15: photos & video
by Dave Id
Afrika Town is a flourishing community garden in what was long a vacant lot in Oakland at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Brush Street, next to the Qilombo social center. On March 26, the landowner came with a bulldozer to raze the garden, backed up by thirteen Oakland police officers. Activists quickly gathered and were able to convince the landowner to return a week later. On April 3, when the landowner had promised to return to clear the lot, dozens of community members turned out to defend the garden. The owner backed down, apparently with added pressure from City Hall, giving Afrika Town the opportunity to buy the land for a permanent community garden on the edge of West Oakland.

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