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Something To Be Thankful For: The Bridge Eco-Village Breaks Ground in Harrisburg, PA


As we head towards Thanksgiving, finding things about which to be thankful is more difficult than ever, given the hellishness of 2020.

Difficult, but not impossible, at least in the Green-Sports corner of the world.

GreenSportsBlog is very thankful that The Bridge Eco-Village, an innovative mixed-use development in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, broke ground last week.

The brainchild of Harrisburg native, former NFL offensive lineman and EcoAthletes Champion Garry Gilliam — and his childhood friend Corey Dupree — The Bridge Eco-Village looks to usher in a new era of systemic equity and opportunity in a city bedeviled by decades of systemic racism and oppression.


Garry Gilliam is a mold-breaker.

He was able to complete a triple major (advertising, business and psychology) while playing football at Penn State. During his five-year NFL career as an offensive lineman, Gilliam switched to a plant-based diet.


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Garry Gilliam (Photo credit: Doug Legore Media)


Now, Gilliam, along with childhood pal Corey Dupree, is looking to break even bigger ground by tackling systemic oppression and racism in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They are doing so with The Bridge Eco-Village, an innovative mixed-use development that will provide opportunity to people of color and other under-served folks.

Gilliam shared his plans for The Bridge, along with his “truth is stranger than fiction” life story, in a June GreenSportsBlog podcast interview.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Thursday at the site of the old Bishop McDevitt High School, which will soon be The Bridge headquarters. Gilliam and Dupree see the Harrisburg site as a pilot, with future Eco-Villages being planned for at least 10 other American cities.


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Images of what will become The Bridge Eco-Village headquarters at the site of the old Bishop McDevitt HS in Harrisburg, PA (Photo credit: Joe Hermitt)


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