Urban agriculture in the right-of-way
Beak, Elizabeth Ann
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There is a need for well-designed, innovative approaches that weave healthy food and farming back into the fabric and cultural practices of the 21st Century City. This paper explores the potential of stacking a second land use, urban agriculture, on Athens-Clarke County energy Right-of-Ways (gas and electric), as a means of bringing a marginal urban space to a higher and greater use, while cultivating a more resilient food system and city. The opportunities and constraints for producing food above a pipeline and below transmission line are presented through precedent cases. Health and policy issues are discussed. A suitability analysis of the 1052 acres of land in energy ROWs is performed. A sample ROW farm is designed on the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia property, along a pipeline ROW. Results indicate there is potential to utilize energy ROWs to produce healthy food and scale up urban agriculture.