Jorge Lugo and five friends have come to salvage the garden’s dirt and plants before they’re bulldozed to make way for upscale townhouse apartments. They scramble out of a pickup truck and van, wielding shovels. In Jorge’s neighborhood on the East End of Houston, Texas—home to the world’s largest refining and petrochemical complex—soil quality is questionable. Here, away from the mega-facilities, it’s relatively clean.
At a community garden bathed in fluorescent streetlights, a midnight raid unfolds.