Folks perhaps struggling to make ends meet frequent this bus stop, often leaving shopping carts from the supermarket across the street as they board the bus to their homes. The bus stop directly across the street from this lacks the dignity you see in this photo — a covered seating area, a garbage can, and a place to leave the carts in an orderly fashion.
I often like to ask, “What would make this better?'” when I evaluate projects and spaces. When I passed this today while Traveling at the Speed of Bike, the answer was obvious to me — a 4 x 4 raised garden bed with herbs free for snipping. Organic herbs cost $2.99 per 3/4 ounce at stores, and I know from the food pantry garden my friends and I planted and grew with its clients that herbs can transform the simplest meals into something both delicious and culturally appropriate. Plus, they are practically maintenance-free, abundant, beautiful, and fragrant — and I have a lot to share from my home garden.
I think this space belongs to MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority) so I’m contacting both it and my suburb-city (where this is located) to see if I can put in a little herb bed. It’s not that big a deal, really. Just a little something I think I can do to make this space better.
Let’s see what grows.
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