Joanne Gaitwood’s roots are on the 500 block of East 9th Street, where her family has lived in a historic home for nearly 60 years. “We live block by block. I live on 9th Street, that’s a fine block, but Pine Street, we have a whole different element, Kirkwood Street, so we’re not a community even though we all live on the Eastside,” says Gaitwood.
But 10 organizations have gotten together in an effort to change that. They’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), creating an Eastside Collaborative that will bring new housing and new jobs to the neighborhood.
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