Greening the community
For those of you not versed in commercial real estate, most states require a minimum amount of “green space” to be used in every development be it retail, multi-family and even industrial. Many developers get around this standard by excavating the land where the project will go, then adding some saplings and sod and calling it green space. The same goes for apartment and condo communities.
Maybe I’ve been reading too many hippie blogs, but it occurred to me today that the age old concept of community gardens is perfect for apartment and condo communities where some of the “green space” is slated to go or currently exists?
For those of you who have never been to a community garden, interested parties get a dedicated piece of land (usually very small and in the case of an apartment it would likely be a few square feet) that has been excavated and enriched with native soil so gardeners aren’t planting in bad soil or on bedrock.
The multi-family sector is fairly stagnant in ideas for added amenities and often look for ways to build community, but adding horseshoes and throwing a pizza party are so 1993. Environmentalism has become more commonplace- recycling continues to rise in residential areas, people are consuming more green products and building more green homes, so it seems that it would be acceptable in some MSAs to insert community gardens in what is currently useless space.
I would get involved in an apartment or condo community garden if offered, would you? It’s much easier than potted vegetables on a small patio and I would love to meet neighbors. What are your thoughts?
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