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A Growing Community

I used to live across the street from a senior apartment complex in the city of Oakland.

What made this property so unique were both the historical buildings from the late 1800s and, to my delight, a sprawling garden that surround the estate. Over time, I learned through neighbors that an older German woman had single handedly brought the expansive grounds back from weedy decay in the early 1990s through thousands of hours of backbraking labor and decidation. A grandmother to two, to this day you will still find Marlene the gardener there several days a week.

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