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First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Which Neighborhoods in Chicago Have the Most Gardens

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University of Illinois researchers analyzed high-resolution satellite images found and found more than 4,000 gardens in the city, and plotted them on a map.

“We decided to scan the entire land area of Chicago looking for gardens that hadn’t been reported on any list: backyard gardens, utility right of ways and other things that I could see in Google Earth.”

By Casey Cora
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October 28, 2014

Excerpt:

In addition to the residential gardens, researchers identified community gardens, urban farms and gardens outside schools. Factor those in and the number of Chicago’s food-producing gardens swells to 4,648 — and that’s not counting the small gardens invisible to Google Earth.

Still, the number of gardens in Chicago is down from World War II-era highs, when the city reportedly had some 1,500 community gardens and some 250,000 home gardens, researchers said.

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