Dearborn Community Garden

Gardens in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill
Alison Bing/Lonely Planet
Alison Bing/Lonely Planet

Welcome to paradise in a parking lot. When the local Pepsi bottling plant closed in the 1970s, neighbors wouldn't let urban blight take over the block – they rolled up their sleeves, dug up parking spaces and started planting. A few decades later, Dearborn Community Garden provides fresh produce for 40-plus Mission families and garden benches where anyone can stop and smell the roses.