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Several people asked how I found out about Luigi Cannoni, the man who moved into a deteriorating house on 41st Street in City Heights six months ago and has transformed it into an oasis of green in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

I first heard about Luigi several weeks ago, when our education reporter, Emily Alpert, returned to the newsroom after a meeting with Cindy Marten, Central Elementary School’s principal.

Emily was in Marten’s office and noticed a bowl of cherry tomatoes sitting on her desk.

“I asked if she gardened,” Emily told me. “And she said, ‘No! There’s this man!’” They were a gift from Luigi.

She told Emily a little about him, and when she returned to the newsroom, Emily said she thought she had a good story for me.

A couple of weeks later I called Marten for more details, and a few days later, showed up on Luigi’s front porch.

Keep an eye out for future installments about Luigi, and thanks to Emily for asking about that bowl of tomatoes.

ADRIAN FLORIDO

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