The Inevitable Rise and Razing of Gonzales Gardens: Thank You For Your Service
After 77 years of service, low income public housing complex Gonzales Gardens is bulldozed.
Gonzales Gardens Original Site Map (Source: Columbia Housing Authority)
Generations of productive Columbia residents have lived in Gonzales Gardens, such as basketball star and coach Tyrone Corbin and social activist Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Bernadin who was named as the Archbishop of Chicago in 1982. The razing of Gonzales Gardens was inevitable, thanks to its blatantly apparent aging/outdated infrastructure and high levels of localized crime. Many of the residents of Gonzales Gardens were disabled and the lack of showers, air conditioning, and routes for emergency personnel caused Gonzales Gardens to be a literal hell during South Carolina summers. In its final years "The Gardens" have carried a negative reputation and has been frequently labeled as "hood", "ghetto" or "the projects" by many financially fortunate Columbia residents, many more have simply called it home.
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Jumt that fence the next time you are out there!
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