Declining Neighborhoods, Arising Agrihoods

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    Mar 12, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
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    In many American suburbs, outward signs of life are limited to the blue glow of television screens flickering behind energy-efficient windows. But in a subdivision of this bedroom community outside Phoenix, amid precision-cut lawns and Craftsman-style homes, lambs caper in common green areas, chickens scratch in a citrus grove and residents roam rows of heirloom vegetables to see what might be good for dinner.

    The neighborhood is called Agritopia, and it’s one of a growing number of so-called agrihoods, residential developments where a working farm is the central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center. The real estate bust in 2008 halted new construction, but with the recovery, developers are again breaking ground on farm-focused tracts. At least a dozen projects across the country are thriving, enlisting thousands of home buyers who crave access to open space, verdant fields and fresh food.

    “I hear from developers all the time about this,” said Ed McMahon, a senior fellow for sustainable development at the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit real estate research group in Washington, D. C. “They’ve figured out that unlike a golf course, which costs millions to build and millions to maintain, they can provide green space that actually earns a profit.” Not to mention a potential tax break for preserving agricultural land.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/dining/farm-to-table-living-takes-root.html?src=dayp
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    Mar 12, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
    That sounds wonderful! Too bad it's freaking freezing half of the year where I live.
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    Mar 12, 2014 10:01 PM GMT
    woodsmen said“I hear from developers all the time about this,” said Ed McMahon

    Did Publishers' Clearing House front the seed money?
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    Mar 12, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    Giggles!