May 17 2008
Vancouver is a leader when it comes to mixing traditional urban landscaping with green space. Heck, Stanley Park may be the third biggest urban park in North America, but we’ve got a lot of parks and green spaces besides that for us to play in.
Metroblogging Vancouver blogger Carol Browne has touched on one of the growing trends in Vancouver of community gardens. Enterprising green thumbs are revitalizing empty, gloomy sections of neighborhoods with urban agriculture. These help make their neighborhood nicer to look at, bring people together and reduce the amount of food Vancouverites have to transport in from outside sources, thus reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
Another greening trend in our city has been a rise in the number of rooftop gardens. Sometimes it amounts to nothing more than a grass lawn, which is still better than nothing. But we can also grow food there. When one thinks about all those flat roofs we have downtown and elsewhere that aren’t really producing anything, you realize the potential of really maximizing our urban spaces for urban farming. Increase the supply of uber-locally grown foods and we’ve got a way of cutting our grocery bills and creating a more sustainable society at the same time.