Window Box competition in Philadelphia honors long-time resident Eva Rubin upon her passing. Lovely sentiments are shared by her neighbors on how Ms. Rubin became an inspiration to the community. This article is such a nice reminder of the gifts we're all capable of sharing with our neighbors... sometimes it just takes a few flowers on your front stoop.
"I didn’t see window boxes in Fishtown before Eva came along," says Zoa. "She was really instrumental." Not only that, but she was always generous—with her flowers and with her knowledge.
"The woman could make anything grow," Zoa says. "She was very knowledgeable and loved everything to do with the environment, plants, animals, and beautification. She was also very diligent—you couldn’t intimidate, aggravate, or discourage her."
With her flowers, as well as other projects like the Fishtown house signs and banners, Eva and the Beautification Committee beautified the neighborhood, both physically and in spirit. "It was nice for the people who had been here forever and the new people moving in to realize that we all had an interest in the same space on the planet," Zoa recalls. Any divisions were broken down under the banner of beautification. "It all stemmed from her desire to have a nicer environment for everybody." Though Eva has passed away, she left a lasting legacy that you can see every day as you walk through the community."