Faith, Farms, and Harmony: Reclaiming Community in Gary, Indiana (Mobile Workshop)
Date & Time
Thursday, September 8, 2022, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Curtis A. Whittaker Frieda Graves

The Emerson neighborhood was once the heart of the city of Gary, Indiana. Gary was founded in 1903 as a company town for the over 10,000 workers of the local steel mill, and Emerson was home to a downtown that thrived up through the mid-twentieth century. But over the decades, as fewer workers were needed to operate the steel mill thanks to advances in technology, people left, the tax base shrank, and the once-vibrant city now faced a glut of vacant and deteriorated properties. In recent years, however, Families Anchored in Total Harmony—the outreach arm of a local church—has begun to reclaim some of those abandoned spaces through urban farming and grassroots organizing. On this tour, attendees will see examples of how to repurpose vacant and deteriorated spaces and create a vision for neighborhood revitalization in a community with limited financial resources.

Session Type
Mobile Workshop