RE: Smart Growth, CFS & Gardens
The community gardening movement in NYC was started-up again in the
mid-seventies by a lower-east-side group of lefties/greens who used to throw
seeds over the walls of empty lots in their then-depressed neighborhood.
Through squatting (a defacto people's eminent domain policy) and by
lobbying elected officials to legalize the attractive facts that the
abandoned lots had become - namely gardens - NYC now has a few hundred
community gardens, despite the fact that NYC has no real urban planning
policy in place except MAKE MONEY. The organization that started it all is
called "Green Guerillas". Please check out my garden's links at
clintoncommunitygarden.org, the American Community Gardening Association
("ACGA"), The Trust for Public Land and search for community gardening
groups in Philadelphia and Montreal whose local governments have progressive
community gardening policies.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kerr, Thomas J. [SMTP:KerrT@missouri.edu]
> Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 3:02 PM
> To: 'Community Food Security Coalition'; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
> Subject: [cg] Smart Growth, CFS & Gardens
> Does anyone working in the arena of Community Food Security or Community
> Gardening have positive annecdotes or know of successful projects where
> Smart Growth orgs were impacted by urban gardening/CFS advocates.
> If you don't know, Kansas City is deeply troubled by sprawl (e.g. more
> highway miles per capita than any U.S. city). The Smart Growth Alliance of
> KC is working hard to find it's place in or out of the bureaucracy, and
> like to lend a hand with some useful models. And we're not afraid of
> ideas, just in case you know of any.
> Tom Kerr
> Food Circles Networking Project - Kansas City
> (816) 482-5888
> (816) 482-5880 (fax)
> 2700 E. 18th Street, Suite 240
> Kansas City, MO 64127
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