Densities have on averaged increased 20-fold. Not surprisingly, those with more wealth are continually seeking refuge in places where residential density is lower. Neighbourhood footprints have, therefore, diminished. At the same time, they have been revived and reinvigorated. We see an abundance of verge gardens and community vegetable gardens. Shopping malls have been redeployed as centres of flex-work and granular retailing.
Some questions to think about:
- What is the capacity of a city like Townsville for urban crop production? How much land in the city could be productively used for agriculture and horticulture, and how much could realistically be grown? Can rooftops be utilised as part of an urban agriculture mix?
- What are the potential benefits and costs of urban agriculture? Can it contribute to greater food security and play a constructive role in community development?
- What is the viability of developing vertical gardens, as neighbourhood footprints gets smaller and populations denser?
- Can urban agriculture function as a catalyst for larger food system transformations through the development of vital connections with rural communities?