By Dina Newman, Health Initiatives Manager of Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
A vacant lot. A community in crisis. A single mom. A young man struggling to read. And children no longer connected to the land. This is Ivanhoe.
From Paseo to Prospect, 31st Street to the street named for a congressman, a community of blocks upon blocks — some say more than 200, some say 400 — south to west and east to north; the Third District, in case you are wondering. Seven thousand souls separated, not by jealousy or anger, but by a strip of highway that cuts the neighborhood in two equal pieces, like an apple. This is Ivanhoe.