Growing Gardens in Shrinking Cities: A Solution to the Soil Lead Problem?
2. Can Urban Gardening Address the Soil Lead Problem?
2.1. Soil Management, Amendments, and Testing
2.2. Social Network and Community Building that Leverages Resources and Knowledge
“In Barcelona, the area of the Forat de la Vergonya was a vacant hole full of debris and waste as a result of municipal contractors leaving rubbish behind in 1999 after taking down buildings throughout the neighborhood. Long-time residents felt that their neighborhood was being erased and that they were pushed away from it . . . As a response to processes of neighborhood dismantlement and individual and collective loss, residents and their supporters engaged in open space cleanup, park construction and maintenance, or community garden development. Such efforts were directed at addressing trauma and grief, remaking a place for residents, and preventing further disruption . . . While many environmental endeavors are oriented toward addressing grief and loss, they also give residents greater confidence to rebuild themselves and move forward after years of neighborhood violence, disruptions, and abandonment. Several community organizers coordinating activities with children in urban farms, gardens, or community centers underline their effort to address traumatic life experiences and build a different future.”
3. Reframing the Soil Lead and Gardening Discussion
Case Study from Sacramento, CA
4. How Reframing Advances Sustainability Goals
Conflicts of Interest
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Schwarz, K.; Cutts, B.B.; London, J.K.; Cadenasso, M.L. Growing Gardens in Shrinking Cities: A Solution to the Soil Lead Problem? Sustainability 2016, 8, 141. https://doi.org/10.3390/su8020141
Schwarz K, Cutts BB, London JK, Cadenasso ML. Growing Gardens in Shrinking Cities: A Solution to the Soil Lead Problem? Sustainability. 2016; 8(2):141. https://doi.org/10.3390/su8020141Chicago/Turabian Style
Schwarz, Kirsten, Bethany B. Cutts, Jonathan K. London, and Mary L. Cadenasso. 2016. "Growing Gardens in Shrinking Cities: A Solution to the Soil Lead Problem?" Sustainability 8, no. 2: 141. https://doi.org/10.3390/su8020141