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Urban Development

Sole Food

Using vacant lots to feed a city

The Doable City Reader

There is so much that can be done to make our cities happier, healthier and more prosperous places. Every day in cities around the world, citizens and city planners alike are showing us how small actions can scale up to have massive impact. And they can in your city too.

That’s what the Doable City Reader is about. In June 2014, 8 80 Cities, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation, brought 200 civic innovators from around North America together in Chicago at the Doable City Forum to share and discover methods for rapid change making. The Doable City Reader is inspired by the rich conversations amongst presenters and participants at that forum. It is a resource for any and all people who want to make change in their cities and is meant to educate, inspire and empower anyone to do so.

Sole Food Street Farms is an organization in Vancouver, B.C. that transforms vacant lots in the city into street farms that grow fruits and vegetables, which are sold at farmer’s markets and to local restaurants and retail outlets. The land the farms occupy is often awaiting development by the private owner, so they have worked with the city to develop creative leases that provide landowners with tax incentives as well as farming practices that guarantee they can and will move on short notice.

Learn more about Sole Food here.