Agrihoods are the Future of New Urban Development
Paste Magazine recently shone the spotlight on the future of agrihoods in the world of urban development. Their case study of a new agrihood in Detroit highlights the history and development of agrihoods like Olivette.
"Growing food in urban areas is nothing new in the U.S. of course. During World War II a movement of victory gardens—which were grown and managed on public spaces, parks and vacant lots in major cities—were able to provide nearly half of the nation’s fresh vegetables. But when the war ended most of these closed down as they were located on borrowed land—either state or privately owned.
After victory gardens disappeared, the nation went through a urban gardening slump until the community garden movement, something initiated in Latin American and Asian immigrant neighborhoods in NYC and LA before it was copied in hipper areas. Community gardens in the U.S. have now grown into a force to be reckoned with, and home garden food growing has also been gaining steam. According to a recent report by the National Gardening Association, food gardening in America is at its highest point in over a decade with millennials leading the way as the fastest growing segment of urban gardeners."