Toledo, Ohio, resident David Johnson's threefold mission to sell "quality" fresh fruit and vegetables, set an example for others in his low-income neighborhood and create jobs for young people has transformed a bare lot into a thriving produce market. The venture stands as an example in a time when urban areas are razing dilapidated homes and creating new open spaces, he says. "The considerate politician will consider using that land in a positive manner, and it almost seems as though it’s a progression to regression: We’re going back to doing what we used to do, such as gardening, and that’s the positive of this city blight."

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