TO SAVE a beloved community garden, residents get organized, enlist the help of a local politician and with a dramatic last-second maneuver, triumph over potential developers to save their neighborhood treasure.
No, it's not an episode from NBC's "Parks and Recreation." It's what happened Wednesday, when the city purchased a property in West Philadelphia at a sheriff's sale, preserving the St. Bernard Community Garden, on St. Bernard's Street between 49th and 50th.
"It gives me faith in public action and community stuff because the government wouldn't have done anything unless we got organized," said Trevor McElroy, of the Friends of the Saint Bernard Garden. "We're grateful for the city's help."