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Building a Better Suburb

Suburbs are changing. Instead of "green lawns, sprawling backyards, and lots of parking for cars," now there are "agri-hoods."
August 24, 2015, 10am PDT | SullyPlan
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Aaron Burr

"Just outside Phoenix, there's Agritopia -- a suburb with an organic urban farm at the centre. It reflects a growing trend of the 'agrihood' -- a residential development where a farm is a shared amenity, much like a pool, gym, or parking garage."

"Today, Agritopia is thriving as a model for urban planning, with approximately 450 houses and a 160-acre urban farm that yields about 200 crops per year. Parcels were carved out and converted to create permanent urban farming plots. Residents can rent garden space and grow their own crops -- an option that's so high in demand that there's a waiting list for plots. Luckily, there are other opportunities for residents to enjoy Agritopia's bounty."

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Published on Monday, August 24, 2015 in Huffington Post Canada
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