The Seventh Avenue Merchants Association needs your help to make a community garden possible in the Melrose District. The association has applied for a $250,000 grant from Pepsi Refresh. The grant money, with additional help from Clear Channel Communications, will create a community garden on what is described as a weed-infested lot at the corner of 7th and Montecito avenues — the heart of the “m7 Curve.” The design for the garden has already been achieved by combining community input and student talent from the ASU School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

So far, the garden is doing well in voting, but not well enough. Out of 1,341 ideas on the Pepsi site, the garden has been hovering around the rank of 140. It has to be either #1 or #2 to win the $250,000. The competition is tight, and only a few votes separate the garden from the top two places.

The key to success lies with you and others who can vote on the Pepsi grant website. You can take action now and use the following link to vote for the Melrose Community Garden. Remember, you can vote once per day between now and May 31. In addition, pass the word on to your friends and family, wherever they may live. If they have a computer with Internet access, they can vote!

**Click Here to VOTE for the Melrose Community Garden Project**

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