Growing a Sustainable City?: The Question of Urban Agriculture
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.
- Series: UTP Insights
- World Rights
- Page Count: 208 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
"This book is a solid contribution to this growing field and will be informative to those interested in the topic of urban farming, especially anybody working in public policy who intends to implement programs in their own city."
John Harner, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
The AAG Review of Books, Spring '19
"The book supports the following idea: urban agriculture is a city planning challenge for land use and who gets to access it. A key take-away is that urban agriculture is not merely a contemporary food systems trend, but an under-developed mechanism for city sustainability. The authors conclude with helpful suggestions on how city planners and organizers might better integrate urban food production into social and environmental sustainability city planning."
Alana N. Chriest, Ohio State University
Agriculture and Human Values no 36
"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 InformationChristina 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
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