To bolster spirit and unity, PCDC launched a community garden program in the late seventies on vacant land acquired for the expressway. Under the direction of Anna Ku Lau, it was met with great enthusiasm and won second prize for best garden in the PA Horticultural Society’s city-wide neighborhood gardens’ contest in 1977. The garden would receive many prizes over the years, including the Decade Award in 1984. Annual bumper crops of fruits and vegetables were the pride of the community, and helped augment the food supplies of many needy families.
[Source: Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation]