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Andres Duany Promotes "Agrarian Urbanism"

A new book by New Urbanist architect Andres Duany offers a blueprint for adding agriculture at all levels of development.

Robert Steuteville in his review says the book "presents a fascinating vision of a new real estate development tool..."

The book presents four models of agriculture-related urban planning, including methods to save existing farmland and ways to cultivate land within existing cities and suburbs.

Steutville writes that Duany isn't proposing we all go back to the land and raise our own food:

"While running an agrarian community would not be cheap, Duany says the expense and labor would be comparable to that of golf course communities, which employ greenskeepers. Beyond the golf course, master-planned communities spend a lot of money on landscaping. Redirect these funds toward food growing, add garden clubs and a CSA, shift some municipal landscaping dollars toward food-producing plants, attract avid gardeners and foodies as residents, and plug in food processing entrepreneurship - voila, there's agrarian urbanism."

Thanks to Robert Steuteville

Full Story: How to grow a Garden City

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