The Longfellow Community Association (LCA) exists to empower the residents of Longfellow Neighborhood (bound by 25th to 31st Streets and Gillham to Troost) to accomplish their collective goal of improving the neighborhood's future. The LCA owns four adjacent lots between Campbell and Harrison on 31 st street. Half of this land is currently occupied by Longfellow Farm, a thriving vegetable garden and community space with a patio, tables, and a (shipping container) storage shed. The other half is vacant and unused with the exception of occasional recreation and a “short cut” from the west to east side of the block. There is growing pressure from some neighbors to sell the lots while development is booming. This is not an outcome the LCA vacant lots committee finds desirable.
The LCA's vacant lots committee and Eco Abet has been leading the Longfellow neighborhood through a guided visioning process to help plan how this unique community asset can be better utilized. This visioning process is aiding residents and board members to think long term about how a usable community space can attract residents and community partners. The goal is that once built, this community space will be a point of pride for Longfellow as well as a resource to neighboring social service agencies.