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Chicago Announces Nation's Largest Urban Farm Project in City's Poorest Area

Green Lifestyle  (tags: Chicago, indoor farm, Urban Farm, Urban Farming, urban farms, vertical farm )

- 2018 days ago -
The long-range plan aims to turn the vacant lots into a thriving community built around local produce.

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Kit B (276)
Friday December 7, 2012, 5:55 pm

What a great idea, thanks Judy for good news wrapped in a very good article. It will take a while but this has the potential to dramatically impact an area that haunted with deep generational poverty.

"The proposed development plan, called Perry Street farm, comes by way of the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development’s Green Healthy Neighborhoods program and is expected to be approved in the next few weeks. Approximately 100 acres in lots owned by the city will undergo a redevelopment program creating an “urban farm district” with farm stands all along three miles of former railroad lines that will also be converted into a greenbelt of city hiking and biking trails.

The long-range plan aims to turn the vacant lots into a thriving community built around local produce. According to, “Not only will the farms bring healthy and affordable food to the community, the hope is that they will also create jobs and attract new housing, industry, and businesses” for the under served South Side community. Residents of the area spend approximately $20 million per year on food sourced outside of the immediate neighborhood. The farms would redirect those funds back into the local economy."

Terry V (30)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:05 pm

Robert O (12)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:38 pm
Thank you Judy.

Judy C (97)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 8:29 pm
Thanks, everybody. I love good news like this!
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