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Betting the Farm: Is There an Urban Agriculture Bubble?
Itâ€™s no secret that urban agriculture is in vogue. But as major urban farms such as the Milwaukee-based Growing Power gain new facilities, employees and glowing media attention, most have not yet figured out how to yield enough profit to become self-sustaining businesses â€” or, looking even further afield, to feed significant portions of their hometowns. With all this demand and no sure way to scale, is urban agriculture facing an imminent bubble?
Lots of Parkland, Please â€“ And Make it Nearby, Too!
Large amounts of parkland in cities is important, but equally vital is to have parks which are nearby and easily accessible to residents, according to the latest report by The Trust for Public Land (TPL). In seven of the nationâ€™s largest cities â€” New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. â€” nine out of 10 residents live within a one-half mile walk to a park, according to the report.
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Infographic: The Role of Parks & Rec in Promoting Physical Activity
“Parks, trails, and recreational facilities provide a wide variety of opportunities for physical activity and can help many Americans lead a more active lifestyle.”
Measuring the Benefits of Urban Forests
“At a Casey Treesâ€˜ conference on urban forestry, David Nowak, Ph.D, research forester at the U.S. Forest service, one of the worldâ€™s foremost experts on urban forests, and a member of the team that won the Nobel Prize at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said out of the 20 biggest cities in the U.S., 17 have declining urban forests.”
Protecting the City, Before Next Time
“If, as climate experts say, sea levels in the region have not only gradually increased, but are also likely to get higher as time goes by, then the question is: What is the way forward?”
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The Mini Parks That Could Transform Los Angeles
“A simple but radical idea is set to erode LA’s love affair with the car and reclaim some street space for pedestrians.”
Putting a Dollar Figure on Nature
“Work by the natural world to boost the health and well-being of the environment â€” carbon-storing trees, water-purifying wetlands, bees as flying fertilizers â€” has carried on for centuries in the lands, watersheds and valleys that will soon become Canadaâ€™s largest urban park. Those benefits have now been quantified as dollar amounts in a study to demonstrate how vital the natural economy is to surrounding communities.”