Community Garden in the inner city
I've just been given oversight of an area in my city that is used right now for basically a storage area. One of the ideas I had for the land was to turn it into a community garden. I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with this, turning a plot of land in the inner city into a garden? The land is right next to a church that has a strong commitment to the neighbourhood and it's people, and is totally on board in helping to build the garden. One of our biggest concerns is how to deal with vandals, and some of the less desirable qualities of street life (needles, solvent/drug abuse, vandalism, gang/prostitute activity etc.). Fencing, obviously would be one thing that would help, but I'm wondering if anyone else has any other ideas/experience with this?