AWESOME PROJECT: How the Logan Heights community in San Diego is turning a mysterious vacant lot into a fabulous neighborhood gathering place

by ioby
October 11, 2015

By the time Avital Aboody started scouting vacant lots in the Logan Heights neighborhood of San Diego, she’d long since fallen in love with the neighborhood. A BAME Community Development Corporation staffer at the time, with a background in social justice community organizing, she’d been working in the underserved community for several years, and knew […]

ioby is coming to Washington, DC!

by ioby
October 7, 2015

Building on our existing relationship with our nation’s capital—that’s included some awesome projects and grassroots fundraising workshops with the city’s parks department—we’re super excited to be opening an office in Washington, DC early next year. We’re especially happy about our growing   partnership with the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), an agency with a […]

Video: Daniel Peterson Paints Memphis Basketball Courts

by ioby
October 2, 2015

ioby Leader Daniel Peterson  of Project Backboard is on a mission to re-stripe all 52 of Memphis’ public basketball courts.  A former Division 1 college player,  Daniel remembers the impact basketball had on his life as  a teenager. “Having our town’s courts renovated when I was in high school really changed the trajectory of my […]

AWESOME PROJECT: Tweeting Bird Cams will track return of birds to massive former Staten Island landfill

by ioby
October 1, 2015

If you’re waste management geeks like us, then you may already know some of the absolutely crazy, bonkers, insane story of Staten Island’s   Fresh Kills Landfill. You may know that when it opened for business in 1948, everyone thought it was going to be a relatively temporary, three-year fix, but that it stayed open, and […]

Why we need a new word for “blight”

by ioby
September 29, 2015

A guest post by  Justin Garrett Moore Driving through Soulsville, a community in Memphis that lives up to its name, we pass by modest homes, long-vacant buildings (including the house where Aretha Franklin grew up), deteriorated roads and sidewalks, and overgrown and dumped-on lots that presumably were once home to families and businesses. Our group […]