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Miracle on Madeira Street

Miracle on Madeira Street

Thanks for publishing the story of Diana Gaines ("Madeira Street turnaround shows 'any place can be good,'" Nov. 24).

When I worked for Habitat for Humanity, she was the only other developer with the vision and commitment to rehab houses on this block. Later, when I worked for the nonprofit One House at a Time, it was my pleasure to see her continue her work on the block.

Rehabbing houses on a street that is mostly vacant is tremendously difficult even if you work for a nonprofit such as Habitat for Humanity that has a national organization, volunteer labor and willing...