Washington D.C. Could Convert Vacant Lots to Urban Farms

Following a trend that has been more common in shrinking cities, Washington D.C. is considering a bill that would convert district-owned lots into urban farms.

"Under a bill introduced by Councilmembers David Grosso (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), vacant lots and plots of land owned by the District could be turned into urban farms," reports Matt Cohen.

"While parts of D.C.—like the H Street corridor, parts of Petworth, the NoMa area, and others—have rapidly developed in the past few years, there are still District-owned lots throughout the city with no current plans for development."

The article also mentions the possibility (eventuality?) that the growing District might someday want to develop the properties—Grosso suggests a public debate at that time, but for now: "Put a farm there for a while and see what happens."

Full Story: Vacant Lots Could Become Urban Farms Under Council Bill

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