There has been a steady increase in buzz in recent years about urban agriculture. While cities like Havana and Manila have been seeing comprehensive implementation of this for years now and while projects like Growing Power in Milwaukee and Chicago have been pioneering techniques, here in the U.S. we really don't have even much of a sense of just how much land in a given city would actually be suited to this or even how to make that determination.
Well, here in Portland, there has been a wonderful project called Diggable Cities that has taken on just that. I was lucky enough to have dinner tonight with Kevin Balmer, one of the authors of this remarkably complex and throrough study so now I'm posting the link here.
Hopefully this will serve as a model for such projects in other cities. Maybe even interwoven with the kind of city reinvention that Flint, Michigan is now embarking on and others may take on soon.
It makes it easier to get up in the morning knowing that this kind of work is going on.