Urban gardens have become synonymous with urban renewal but massive urban overhaul programs are a difficult option for municipalities in these tough times. “Urban acupuncture” which relies on small efforts rooted in the community may fit the moment better. A planter that provides blooms and a relief from the cityscape is low on investment and brings together the community that takes care of it instead of relying on a big government project. Case in point: San Fransisco’s Pavement to Parks initiative which is turning street parking spaces into miniature parks.
So while we nurture our own yards, flower beds, planters or window boxes let’s take a moment to see how we can spread a little green in our urban neighbourhoods.