My one attempt at finding out something about my city was met with almost hostile indifference when I decided to drop into the Wilmington city building one day and ask around. I wanted to find out if Wilmington had any community gardens (which we do, I eventually found out by extensive web research). The city staff knew nothing and cared even less, despite my mentioning the fact that Leland has a city-sponsored and thriving community garden which had recently gotten press in the Star News. No one knew anything or had any intention of lifting a finger to find out; I quickly got in to see the city managers secretary and thought, "wow. what a great city, where someone off the street can go in an ask a question of the most knowledgable city leaders just like that. The city managers secretary yelled over to him "do you know anything about a community garden?" He nodded no and that was as much attention as that issue was going to get. I was on my own.
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