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The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Food Desert or Breadbasket?

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” you wouldn't think food security would pose a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as food deserts.[read more]

Mellon Square: A Modern Masterpiece

October 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Mellon Square

Recently restored to much ado through a six-year process, Mellon Square in Pittsburgh was the first Modernist space in the nation built over a subterranean parking garage. Considered a precursor to today’s green roof movement, Mellon Square is a showcase for urban revitalization through historic preservation.[read more]

Klyde Warren Park Wins Open Space Award

October 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Winning Dallas Park

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas won the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Open Space Award, which recognizes “public spaces that have socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities.” Completed in 2012, the 5-acre park is a green roof, decking over the sunken Woodall Rogers Freeway.[read more]

Five Farms Pushing the Boundaries of Indoor Agriculture

October 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

Indoor farms are the new and innovative way to grow greens. Modern indoor farms are quite large and filled with state-of-the-art technologies – they aren’t the tiny greenhouses of yesteryear. We’ve rounded up five indoor farms to give you a taste of what the most innovative growing organizations are producing.[read more]

Without More Than a Vision, the People Perish

October 27, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Urban Vision and Future Planning

Setting visions for cities can be challenging. The Welsh Government has risen to that challenge with its regeneration program. Here’s its vision statement: "Everybody in Wales should live in well-connected vibrant, viable and sustainable communities with a strong local economy and good quality of life."[read more]

Local Food Hub Works on Getting Beyond Commodity Corn in The Hoosier State

October 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Hub in Indiana

That sweet corn at your nearest supermarket chain probably was not grown locally. In all likelihood, neither were the green beans, lettuce or apples. Husk is trying to change that. With headquarters in Indiana, the startup is aiming to make sure locally-produced food at supermarkets and not just farmers’ markets.[read more]

A Vision for Public Food Production

October 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Public Food Production

We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing traction over the last decade. Meanwhile, our industrial food systems are increasingly vulnerable.[read more]

10 Agriculture Jobs That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

October 23, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Agriculture Jobs

What we as a nation define as “agriculture” is morphing and expanding to reflect the changing landscape of American industry. So here are ten new agriculture and food-sector jobs and employment positions that didn’t actually exist twenty-five years ago.[read more]

In a Volatile Period

October 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Space Development

“We are at the volatile beginning period when all the plants are fighting it out. We have to help the newly planted grasses dominate,” said Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, at the kick-off of the restoration of the 10-acre meadow at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C.[read more]

Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]