Ponies Above Palethorp

April 18, 2012 |  by  |  Found  |  , ,

 

Palethorp Street Garden | Photo: Ella Curtiss

For two blocks heading north from Norris Square, tiny Palethorp Street is home to an extraordinary group of community-based gardens and murals. The most famous are Las Parcelas, the Puertoriqueño-centric community center (with its vintage casita), and Colobo, which celebrates the African heritage of Caribbean people. Both are managed by Iris Brown and Grupo Motivos.

But the street reveals other, perhaps more personal, responses to vacant land and the fragmented streetscape, including this private garden, which is literally filled with toy and carousel horses that rise and fall illuminated by the late day sun.

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Ella Curtiss is a graduating senior at Arcadia University, majoring in Spanish Cultural Studies.



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