Sowing together a fractured landscape : New York City community garden activism at the end of the twentieth century
Smith, Christopher Mitchell
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Residents of New York City began building community gardens in the early 1970s as a means of cleaning up the blighted city. There were estimated to be more than 750 community gardens by the late 1990s. In early 1999, the City of New York announced plans to auction 114 community gardens in May 1999. After being effectively denied of their input into the planning process in accord with the City’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure, I argue that community garden advocates constructed a politics of scale in order to contest, and eventually stop, the proposed land auction.