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Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens

Jeffrey Hou, Julie M. Johnson, Laura J. Lawson

Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens,” focuses on cases of community gardens in Seattle where there has been a strong network of knowledge and resources. These case studies reveal the capacity of community gardens to serve larger community issues, such as community food security; urban ecosystem health; demonstration of sustainable gardening and building practices; active living and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods; and equity concerns. 

Authors Jeffrey Hou and Julie Johnson from the University of Washington and Laura Lawson from the University of Illinois also examine how landscape architecture, planning, and allied design professionals can better interact in the making of these unique urban open spaces, and how urban community gardens offer opportunities for professionals to have a more prominent role in community activism and urban sustainability.

This is the fifth in LAF’s published series of case studies which aims to meet the public’s need for more livable communities and improved environmental preservation and protection; to inform public policy and support community and environmental advocates; and to enhance the skill and knowledge base of the planning and design professions.

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