Portland's Pavement Pulverizers

Grist looks at the volunteer group in Portland that legally removes unnecessary pavement from places around the city and replaces it with gardens and green space.

Known as Depave, the group has worked cooperatively with the city of Portland to legally remove pavement and build green spaces for neighborhoods and schools.

"Since 2007, this all-volunteer squad of pavement-bashers has ripped the asphalt and concrete from 14 sites in the Portland area, making way for community gardens, sustainable schoolyards, and green space.

They've torn up unused parking lots, obliterated cracked ballfields where no one has hit a ball for years, and given tens of thousands of square feet of dirt a chance to breathe."

Full Story: A Portland group pulverizes pavement to make way for green space

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