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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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February 27, 2008

Design Perspectives: In-city farms? Maybe not such a wild idea after all

  • As fuel shortages, transportation challenges and greater consumer emphasis on local, organic food continue, the time just might be ripe for industrial-scale farming in the city.
    Special to the Journal

    Here in the Puget Sound region, we live in a truck farmer's paradise — a moist, temperate climate with plenty of rich, alluvial soils and layers of organic matter.

    But we might as well be on the moon. So much of that lovely soil has been excavated for foundations, sluiced away, contaminated or just plain covered up, never to grow tomatoes again. From Northgate to Tukwila, it was sold to the highest bidder and paved over, as waves of sprawl pushed out from Seattle.

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