Urban Agriculture in a Post-Industrial Landscape: A Case for Community-Generated Urban Design

48th ISOCARP Congress, 2012

By: Amy Cahn, ISOCARP, Jeffrey Featherstone, Md Mahbubur Meenar


Urban Agriculture

This article examines urban agriculture practices in Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia, focusing on urban agriculture as both a community-generated urban form in post-industrial urban landscapes and as a planning process and policy problem or opportunity. The authors identify UA practices as an intersection of community development, food systems planning, and land use planning; analyze the role of city government and its policies and ordinances; and explain the issues and conflicts that exist among community activists, planners, and elected officials.