John Robb: Urban Farming, Urban Zoning in Flux

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John Robb

Portland Oregon is working on revising zoning regulations regarding urban market farms.  Early debate indicates that the protection of traditional approaches to real-estate value (ornamental residences, noise/traffic abatement, etc.) is the priority.  Given the scale of the economic crisis that is already upon us, this approach is completely broken.  They should be focused on building a simple platform for accelerating a local food economy.

Phi Beta Iota:  Portland in particular, and the Pacific Northwest generally, keep popping up as bastions of ethical sanity.  The combination of intelligence and integrity visible there is quite heartening.