How to Build an Edible City

Several case studies from edible city innovators are offered in a new ASLA video that shows how you can transform your backyard, corner lot or rooftop into an urban farm, reports Jude Stewart.

May 12, 2012, 9:00 AM PDT

By Alesia Hsiao


Incongruently, as obesity continues to be among the nation's top public health challenges, millions of Americans consistently live without food security, writes Stewart. "Enter the urban farm: a fast, smart, cheap way to bring healthy food closer to those who need it, transform ugly vacant spaces into lush gardens, and promote a healthier, greener, more connected urban community."

A recent video from the American Society of Landscape Architects features lessons from cities like Cleveland and Detroit, who have successfully integrated urban farms into urban landscapes, and offers helpful tips on how you can do the same.
Ideas include planting gardens in backyards or leasing the space to other farmers, encouraging restaurants to harness their roofs to grow ingredients for their own meals, and selling produce in food trucks rather than resorting to once-weekly farmers markets.

Monday, May 7, 2012 in Fast Company

Empty Road

The Roadway Expansion Paradox

Motorists want expensive roadway expansions provided that somebody else foots the bill, but when required to pay directly through tolls, the need for more capacity often disappears. What should planners do?

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Moving

Urban Exodus: Data Don't Support the Popular Pandemic Narrative

Americans fled cities in waves during the pandemic, right? Not to so fast.

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Not in my back yard

The YIMBY-NIMBY Debate Gets 'Uninteresting'

Labels like "YIMBY" and "NIMBY" may be crude—but so what? One of them wants to solve America's housing crises. The other does not. Un-housed and under-housed people cannot wait for a perfect ideology to come along, writes Josh Stephens.

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Two people carry groceries in plastic grocery bags.

'Nudges' Can Reduce Plastic Bag Use Even Where Bans or Fees are Banned

Even in cities where state law pre-empts plastic bag fees, there are ways to reduce plastic waste.

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A sin on a street in Chur, Switzerland lists public health precautions.

Swiss Vote to Retain COVID Mitigation Measures

A nationwide referendum held on Sunday, Nov. 28, on coronavirus measures enacted by the Swiss federal government, including the controversial Swiss Covid certificate (vaccination verification), passed with 62% of the vote.

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The flag of Prince George's County00a red croiss in a white field with a crest of arms in the upper left corner, blows in the wind.

Prince George's County Funds Right of First Refusal Program

Prince George's County, Maryland has provided a $15 million nest egg for a program designed to maintain its existing affordable housing stock.

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