Perry Hilltop Gateway Beautification Project
Program Area: Ambassador Project, ReClaim
Topic: Community Engagement, Vacant Land
Year: 2015, Current
Neighborhood: Northside, Perry Hilltop
Parent Project: ReClaim Northside 2014-2015
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 27,2015
Help us raise money for Ayanna’s vacant lot site!
Our goal is $515 by June 22.
Ayanna is a life-long resident of the Northside and currently calls the neighborhood of Perry Hilltop her home. Her neighborhood is one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh- with a 20% vacancy rate.
The lot that Ayanna is working on has been vacant for several years. She will remove the invasive plants that currently call the site home and build a beautiful gateway garden on the site. The design also incorporates native perennials, as well as open areas for neighborhood gatherings. Benches and planters on the lot will be build from reclaimed and recycled materials.
With this project she hopes to reinstate in her neighborhood what she loved about it when she was young – the connectedness of neighbors and the lively business districts – and begin filling the empty spaces.
The Northside is very important to me. The attributes of this community have had a major impact on the person that I have grown into. My strength, versatility, dynamism, and innovation were derived from a lifetime of experiences in this community.— Ayanna Lee-Davis, ReClaim Northside Ambassador
2001-2007 Drum Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214, USA