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Bombed Syrian city of Homs – rooftop agriculture photographed

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Urban farming on rooftops of buildings in Bab Dreib in besieged Homs

Photo by HOMS Promedia
2013

Also Read: Final dispatch from Homs, the battered city

Marie Colvin (1956-2013) was the only British journalist reporting from inside the besieged Syrian enclave of Baba Amr. This is her final report.

The Sunday Telegraph
19 Feb, 2012

Excerpt:

Syria, 2012

They call it the widows’ basement. Crammed amid makeshift beds and scattered belongings are frightened women and children trapped in the horror of Homs, the Syrian city shaken by two weeks of relentless bombardment.

Among the 300 huddling in this wood factory cellar in the besieged district of Baba Amr is 20-year-old Noor, who lost her husband and her home to the shells and rockets.

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New York ‘Brooklyn Farmer’ premiering at DOC NYC

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‘Brooklyn Farmer’ (Festival Trailer) on Saturday, November 16

Produced by Ben Nabors & Burke Cherrie
Directed by Michael Tyburski
Edited by Paul Greenhouse & Michael Tyburski
Original Music by Matt Abeysekera
Original Songs by Liam Cohl & Mike Poskanzer
© 2013 {group theory}

“Brooklyn Farmer” explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.

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Thousands wait years for allotments in Scottish cities

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The Greens surveyed the availability of allotments in Scotland’s cities.

Thousands of people are facing waiting lists of up to nine years for a local authority allotment, the Scottish Greens have said.

BBC
Oct 20, 2013

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There were 2,773 people in Edinburgh on the local authority allotment waiting list.

In Aberdeen the figure was 279, while in Dundee it was 340 people.

Glasgow City Council said it did not have its own waiting lists and Highland Council did not respond to the request, the Greens said.

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In Detroit, Growtown Blooms

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det456Going Green: The James Scott Mansion, one of the city’s many crumbling historic structures, covered in ivy. Photo by Shannon Roxborough.

Garden Variety’s Founding Editor Shannon Roxborough, a Detroit native who lived there for 35 years, reports on the troubled Motor City’s efforts to chart a greener future.

By Shannon Roxborough
Garden Variety News
October 29, 2013

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It doesn’t help that the staunchest opponents, both residents and city officials, see large-scale urban farming efforts as a land grab, with some going so far as to call it as a form of “modern-day slavery.” They say proposals are a guise to buy land cheap and later develop it. Others argue that even with an abundance of unused lots, vacant, city-owned land is too valuable to sell for a pittance to use for agriculture instead of rebuilding residential or commercial property, which would contribute more to city income and restore lively urban streetscapes.

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