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  • Jefferson Airplane Was Right! Follow the White Rabbit!

    A few days ago, Jo asked you to imagine how you’d get adequate protein and calories in a survival situation. He came up with bugs, because he’s ridiculous. I came up with something better, because I am Walt: rabbits. Rabbits are cute, cuddly, meaty, and reproduce like- well, rabbits! Because of this, rabbits could definitely […] More

  • Top 5 Cities for Urban Farming

    More and more city-dwellers are growing their own fruits, herbs, and vegetables deep in the heart of major cities, blurring the line between – well, maybe not “rural” and “urban”, but certainly “suburban” and “urban”! This push on the urban farming front is part of a larger shift towards more organic, healthier, locally-grown food, of […] More

  • From Grey to Green: Urban Green Infrastructure

    Building a green infrastructure is no longer a new idea.  Going “green” is actually becoming quite popular.  However, the ways that people go about doing it can be new and unique.  City developers are beginning to incorporate some creative strategies of their own.  Specifically, there has been a recent spike in the level of interest […] More

  • Daylighting To Improve The City And The Environment

    Streams and rivers can be central attractions of a city. They can be beautiful, vibrant public places where people can enjoy the company of others while also enjoying the peace and calm of nature. They can also provide peaceful and aesthetically pleasing transportation corridors for bicyclists, roller-bladers, skateboarders, pedestrians, and others. For these reasons, daylighting […] More

  • Alternative Food Research: What White People Like

    In my last post, I wrote about Nathan McClintock‘s research on the potential of alternative food to enhance social justice in economically impoverished neighborhoods. Here, I present a different perspective. Julie Guthman, a sociology professor at UC-Santa Cruz, thinks that alternative food activism has a tendency to reflect white desires more than the needs of […] More

  • Alternative Food Research: Farming the Deserts

    Given all of the attention on alternative food right now – from backyard chickens to guerilla gardeners to illegal rooftop beekeeping – I decided to start a series of posts on research examining the sociology and ecology of this movement. Nathan McClintock, a graduate student at the University of California-Berkeley, studies the potential of urban […] More

  • SUNfiltered: Project P.U.M.A. — a Greener Solution for Urban Mobility?

    With two seats, two wheels, and a maximum range of 25-35 miles (at 25-35 mph), the P.U.M.A. (which stands for Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) won’t work for your next road trip. But this new concept vehicle, a joint project of GM and Segway, may be just the ticket for the driving most of us […] More

  • New Portable Farm Makes Most of Urban Gardening

    Everyone knows the very tastiest tomatoes are homegrown, lovingly staked and watered at regular intervals until they’re big and red and ripe. Until recently, such simple pleasures were reserved for rural dwellers but the growing movement for urban farming is starting to change all that. While container gardens and green rooftops have made urban agriculture […] More

  • Urban + Farming = Oxymoron?

    According to the Population Reference Bureau, nearly 80 percent of you probably live in an urban area. Some of you may be lucky enough to have a weekly farmers market in a nearby city park or square, but I wonder if you’ve ever thought there might be an actual farm near you. Over the past […] More

  • Urban Agriculturalist: Fruit Tree Harvesting

    Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. Los Angeles has a dearth of publicly owned fruit trees, but who owns the fruit they produce? The three activists behind Fallen Fruit dare to ask, “Is this my banana?” By their estimate, 22 different crops […] More

  • Local Food, Straight from the Backyard

    A couple of weeks ago, Kemper Barkhurst at EnvironmentalSurvival.com dropped me a note about a concept he was developing: urban harvesting. In his post on the topic, Kemper notes that much (perhaps most) of the food we eat in the US travels long distances to get from farm to plate; at the same time, many […] More