while we bellyache

There’s talk of turning suburbs into agricultural centers:

In cities, agriculture might be able to take the place of vacant lots. And in suburbia?

Well, in 2008, the New Urbanism evangelist AndrĂ©s Duany, of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, architects and town planners, proclaimed that “agriculture is the new golf” a prescient and deliberately provocative claim that is helping frame the conversation about suburbia’s future.

“Only 17 percent of people living in golf-course communities play golf more than once a year.”

Local success is much of what’s missing in our economy. I don’t hang much with tyranny’s preachers, but I do track renovation and re-purposing of regional assets – unused labor and undreamt options in a great new variety of witty vendors.