Growing a Sustainable City?: The Question of Urban Agriculture

By Christina D. Rosan and Hamil Pearsall

© 2017

Urban agriculture offers promising solutions to many different urban problems, such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, storm water runoff, and unemployment. These objectives connect to many cities’ broader goal of “sustainability,” but tensions among stakeholders have started to emerge in cities as urban agriculture is incorporated into the policymaking framework.

Growing a Sustainable City? offers a critical analysis of the development of urban agriculture policies and their role in making post-industrial cities more sustainable. Christina Rosan and Hamil Pearsall’s intriguing and illuminating case study of Philadelphia reveals how growing in the city has become a symbol of urban economic revitalization, sustainability, and – increasingly – gentrification. Their comprehensive research includes interviews with urban farmers, gardeners, and city officials, and reveals that the transition to “sustainability” is marked by a series of tensions along race, class, and generational lines. The book evaluates the role of urban agriculture in sustainability planning and policy by placing it within the context of a large city struggling to manage competing sustainability objectives. They highlight the challenges and opportunities of institutionalizing urban agriculture into formal city policy. Rosan and Pearsall tell the story of change and growing pains as a city attempts to reinvent itself as sustainable, livable, and economically competitive.
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Growing a Sustainable City? offers a critical analysis of the development of urban agriculture policies and their role in making post-industrial cities more sustainable.

Growing a Sustainable City?: The Question of Urban Agriculture

By Christina D. Rosan and Hamil Pearsall

© 2017

Urban agriculture offers promising solutions to many different urban problems, such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, storm water runoff, and unemployment. These objectives connect to many cities’ broader goal of “sustainability,” but tensions among stakeholders have started to emerge in cities as urban agriculture is incorporated into the policymaking framework.

Growing a Sustainable City? offers a critical analysis of the development of urban agriculture policies and their role in making post-industrial cities more sustainable. Christina Rosan and Hamil Pearsall’s intriguing and illuminating case study of Philadelphia reveals how growing in the city has become a symbol of urban economic revitalization, sustainability, and – increasingly – gentrification. Their comprehensive research includes interviews with urban farmers, gardeners, and city officials, and reveals that the transition to “sustainability” is marked by a series of tensions along race, class, and generational lines. The book evaluates the role of urban agriculture in sustainability planning and policy by placing it within the context of a large city struggling to manage competing sustainability objectives. They highlight the challenges and opportunities of institutionalizing urban agriculture into formal city policy. Rosan and Pearsall tell the story of change and growing pains as a city attempts to reinvent itself as sustainable, livable, and economically competitive.
Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: UTP Insights
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Growing a Sustainable City is unique in the way it balances multiple perspectives at play in shaping urban agricultural policy in Philadelphia. Christina Rosan and Hamil Pearsall’s timely and refreshing book doesn’t shy away from the race and class issues surrounding urban agriculture and it has the potential to influence ongoing planning, policy, and advocacy efforts in cities worldwide."


    Laura Lawson, Dean of Agriculture and Urban Programs, Rutgers University

    "This book offers a new perspective by looking at sustainable policies as well as emerging scholarship on alternative food movements. The authors do not blindly promote urban agriculture, but rather pose questions about how urban agriculture should be promoted and what kinds of policies may be most effective in achieving these goals."


    Yuki Kato, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University
  • Author Information

    Christina D. Rosan is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.


    Hamil Pearsall is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction: The Garden in the Urban Imaginary

    Chapter 2. Since the 1800s? A Historical Case Study of Urban Agriculture

    Chapter 3. Urban Agriculture as a Way towards a Better, Brighter Future

    Chapter 4. A New Generation of Growers

    Chapter 5. The Reality of Growing in the City

    Chapter 6. The Politics of Urban Agriculture

    Chapter 7: Conclusion