Gardening in the 'Hood
Ask any American what comes to mind when they hear "South Central Los Angeles", and they'll say race riots, gangs, drugs, and poverty. However, in this same area, 350 immigrant families have worked for the past decade to create the largest community garden in the US (5.6 hectares), despite being sited in an industrialized area. Unfortunately, they've been making the news lately due to plans to convert the land into a warehouse for Walmart.
From an IE perspective, we often try to find solutions by examining system levels, and it sometimes feels like we're trying to put a patch onto a problem that's broken on so many different levels. Although these farmers are facing serious problems stemming from the political and economic realm, their past decade of work has shown that some really inspiring change can come from within society.
The satellite picture says it all: an island of green in a sea of concrete.