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A Place for Moms: Welcome Corner

Program Area: Ambassador Project, ReClaim

Topic: Vacant Land

Year: 2015

Neighborhood: Northside, Observatory Hill

Parent Project:

News/Press Coverage

7 Questions for Brown Mamas Blogger, Cindy Mendoza

NextPittsburgh | June 1, 2015

Cynthia Levy-Mendoza lives right on the north edge of Pittsburgh in the neighborhood of Observatory Hill. For many years, a corner lot on her street has been an eyesore for those waiting at the bus stop and passersby getting their first glimpse of Pittsburgh as they drive through.

Cynthia, however, has a new plan for the lot. She calls it “A Place for Moms: Welcome Corner”. ¬†She is the founder of an organization, Brown Mamas, which assists African-American mothers in enjoying their motherhood journey by providing information, tools and social support. Cynthia will be working alongside Brown Mamas to create a welcoming corner lot with benches for those waiting for the bus, a Little Free Library and beautiful flower gardens.

 

There is no such thing as a bad neighborhood. There are just people with information and people without information. The people with information tend to take a little more pride in their community than the people without information.

— Cynthia Levy-Mendoza, ReClaim Northside Ambassador

10 Perry View Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214, USA

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A Place for Moms Welcome Corner Cynthia Design
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Beautiful Tire Planters
Flowers on Cynthia's Welcome Corner
The Pathway is Almost Finished

Laying weed barrier for the gravel pathway

Ambassador Cynthia tearing up the sod to put a welcoming corner garden

Almost ready for planting!

Beautiful flowers to welcome people into the neighborhood

Beautiful plantings!

The design for A Place for Moms Welcome Corner will be a space for her Brown Mamas to meet.

The lot has been unmaintained for many years. However, it still has some great qualities like beautiful old trees.

Cynthia stands on her lot. What was once a overgrown bus-stop will become a beautiful garden and reading spot.

GTECHer, Lydia Kramer, and volunteers work to get the site ready for planting.

Feeling accomplished after their workday

Beautiful Tire Planters

Flowers on Cynthia's Welcome Corner

The Pathway is Almost Finished

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