Rod McCallum invited me over to 195 Glenwood Avenue on Saturday morning. He'd recently purchased this structurally sound 3/3 Buffalo double at the City's tax sale last Fall. I first met Rod and his family during the first scheduled Artspace Back Yard Neighborhood tour in November 2006. He'd learned about 194 East Utica - future home of Queen City Farm
- from this post, Saying Goodbye
. Since then Rod and I have spoken at UB and in front of a number of community groups about un-locking the potential of the City's near East Side.
During the past 12 months Rod has identifed numerous homesteading opportunities on what everyone is beginning to call the farm block.
I first mentioned 195 Glenwood two years ago - Wide Open in the 'Hood
. Rod has spent considerable time and effort recently cleaning out and securing the house. His plan is to make this place home.
Rod's decision to move his family from the City's West Side should come as no surprise to fixBuffalo readers. 195 Glenwood is located - see map pic - directly behind 194 East Utica and his decision to fully renovate and invest in this property testifies to his commitment to greening and growing this emerging near East Side neighborhood.
I'll make sure to post information here about a series of 'work days' Rod is planning this Spring. There are a number of fallen trees from the October Storm that are still strewn about and of course, crops to plant. This is going to be amazing.