In numerous cities in the country, abandoned lots have been turned into productive spaces for growing fruits and vegetables. Some date from WWII, some date from the 1970's and some are just getting started. Gardening provides modest exercise for all ages, improves the diet of participants, and "redeveloping" abandoned land can help strengthen community ties and improve the quality of life for residents. I think ...more »
Set aside space and build elevated public garden spaces in city parks throughout the city for residents to rent out space to garden. Alot of people love to garden but dont have suitable space to do so in their yards. The city could construct standard sized raised plots that have controlled access so people could grow tomatoes, cuccumbers, and other vegatables. The spaces could be leased out for a season for like a nominal ...more »
The NAMRC is established and working hard in the community for a Healthy Huntsville! Partner the Healthy Huntsville Iniative with their "Families on the Go!" program or "Tar Wars" program. Use this organization, its mobile medical unit and its committed cache of medical and non-medical volunteers to support city-wide healthy projects. Don't duplicate efforts or reinvent the wheel. contact: Pam Toney, Director ...more »
There is a highly awarded independent film by a native Alabamian about growing food locally and how our food industry has changed through the years. I personally haven't seen the film, as it has been shown so far at select events but the film is due to be released on DVD May 1st. I think it might be a good film to show outside at Big Spring Park this summer. If that isn't an option maybe Greene Street Farmers Market ...more »
Use abandoned land and post industrial sites to crate eco districts. Require all the buildings to be LEED certified with in these zones.
Use abandoned lots to set up composting sites for urban gardeners to access. Also would work in Alley ways.
This would be a great way to expose the public to Urban Planning theories.