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Let Ivy City Bloom: Floral Protest

Floral installations from Daylen for a pop up park protest in Ivy City. In collaboration with Floralscapes.

WHERE is Ivy City: Ward 5 and bounded by New York Avenue, West Virginia Avenue, and Mt. Olivet Road, Ivy City’s 1.7 square miles make it one of DC’s smallest neighborhoods.

WHO is Ivy City: Ivy City is an historically Black neighborhood in the District, established expressly for African American land ownership in 1873.

WHY Ivy City: Did you know Ivy City is more than it’s breweries and distilleries? “This is a neighborhood without any parks, without trees.” – Parisa Nourouzi, Empower DC. The people of Ivy City have lobbied for a publicly accessible recreation center and green space in the residential core of their community for decades and to no avail.

WHAT is Let Ivy City Bloom? In partnership with artist Adele Yiseol Kenworthy @themeowingbird@EmpowerDC, and the people who’ve lived in Ivy City the longest, “Let Ivy City Bloom” is a protest – and a prototype – in the form of a pop-up park at the site of the Crummell School.

First six images from Eric Lee. Additional behind the scenes iphone images below. And here is a youtube video featuring community members and the leader of Empower DC sharing a bit more about the purpose of this specific project.

Featured on the local news station.

And love these next two images from Conrado.

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