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10 inspiring urban gardens

By: Enrique Gili on March 28, 2012, 10:57 a.m.
This Vancouver community garden was once a gas station lot.

Photo: Mike [CC by SA-2.0]/Flickr

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One of the more encouraging aspects of the food reform movement is the latest push by urban planners and city dwellers to save neighborhoods from neglect through community gardening. People are realizing that greenspace and the environmental services that plants provide can be just as important to the overall health of a metropolis as its infrastructure. The interest and demand for public growing space is growing across the country. Advocates say that community gardens provide new opportunities for residents to learn and connect with each other and the city around them, while agencies and city planners see them as a way to beat back the entropy that has come to define declining cities, bringing a welcome respite from the concrete jungle. Check out these 10 examples and find more information about each in the related links section.