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Living Cities Company in Kingston, Ontario

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The Living Cities company, created in 2008 by Queen’s student Nathan Putnam, aims to bring urban agriculture to the city

By Janina Enrile
The Journal – Queen’s University
Oct 22, 2010

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Living Cities has helped to create many changes in the Kingston community. Providence Care Hospital, for example, has allowed Living Cities to use some of the unused space on their property for their urban farming.

“They’ve been very receptive to our ideas and very supportive of the ideas we’re trying to make [happen],” Putnam said, adding that the overall feedback from the community has been very positive.

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January 2, 2011   Comments Off on Living Cities Company in Kingston, Ontario

Greening Vacant Land in Cleveland

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Starting a raised garden bed using lasagna layer gardening at Jess Levine’s Wonder City Farm in Cleveland, Ohio. Located on East 55th Street, it is the former site of the Hofbrau Haus Restaurant and parking lot. Photo by Morgan Taggart.

Urban agriculture projects bring hope — and food — to communities that have long suffered from a glut of empty lots.

By Arionna Brasche
Shelterforce – The journal of affordable housing and community building
Fall 2010

Excerpt:

Doing something with vacant land is a timely and urgent issue in Cleveland. In a city that has struggled for years with population decline, the foreclosure crisis only made matters worse, with approximately 22,000 foreclosures occurring since the beginning of 2008. These foreclosures have worsened the city’s problems with vacant lots and homes, of which it now has 20,000 and 11,500 respectively.

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