The Planner in the Garden: A Historical View into the Relationship between Planning and Community Gardens

Laura Lawson

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Abstract

A historical review of community garden programs in the United States since the 1890s reveals an ambivalent relationship between community gardens and the planning profession. On one hand, garden programs are praised and supported as local action to serve environmental, social, and individual objectives. On the other hand, because they are perceived as opportunistic and temporary, community gardens are largely ignored in long-range planning. Socially constructed as public catalyst and private resource, community gardens illustrate unresolved tensions between planning as a profession and as a civic concern and between comprehensive planning and interim, local interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-176
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Planning History
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development

Keywords

  • community gardens
  • grassroots activism
  • open space
  • urban history

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