City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America

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Mai 2005



"The social history of American cities would not be complete without a full account of the rise of community open spaces. Lawson does exactly this by providing a compelling and poetic account of the history and making of urban gardens. Combining solid scholarship with engaging images of the gardens and stories of their makers, this book sheds new light on the value of urban open space. More important, it explains why community gardens need to stand alongside city parks as permanent open spaces. Essential reading for community developers and landscape architects as well as anyone who ventures outside, enthusiasm and shovel in hand, to improve their local environment.--Mark Francis, author of "Urban Open Space and Village Homes "The definitive history of the past hundred years of America's experience with community gardens. A labor of love by a garden activist, the book appears at a most appropriate time--today our city dwellers and suburbanites are retreating onto carpets of passive open space tended by homeowner associations and lawn care outfits. Lawson thoughtfully analyzes the weaknesses of community gardens when used as a response to social crises and, by contrast, investigates community gardens as an alternative to today's managed care of open space. Her history clearly presents a way of community living that we can elect if we choose her wisdom."--Sam Bass Warner, Jr, author of "To Dwell Is to Garden"An important book about how the urban gardening movement is transforming our landscape and reconnecting us to the land."--Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse


List of Illustrations List of Tables Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction. Garden Patches in American Cities Part I. Early Garden Programs, 1890s to 1917 Introduction 1. An Alternative to Charity: The Vacant-Lot Cultivation Association 2. The School Garden Movement 3. The Goodness of Gardening: Gardens as Civic Improvement Part II. National Urban Garden Campaigns, 1917 to 1945 Introduction 4. Patriotic Volunteerism: The War Garden Campaign 5. An Antidote for Idleness: Garden Programs of the 1930s Depression 6. Victory Gardens of World War II Part III. Gardening for Community, 1945 to the Present Introduction 7. The Community Garden Movement of the 1970s and 1980s 8. Community Greening: Urban Garden Programs from 1990 to the Present 9. A Look at Gardens Today Conclusion. Sustaining a City Bountiful Notes Index


Laura J. Lawson is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her knowledge of community gardens has developed from academic interest as well as personal experience as coordinator of Berkeley Youth Alternatives' Community Garden Patch.


"An important book about how the urban gardening movement is transforming our landscape and reconnecting us to the land." - Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse"
EAN: 9780520243439
ISBN: 0520243439
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 382 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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