An urban farm in Chicago (Photo credit: Linda N. via Flickr)
The Council of the District of Columbia is considering a proposal that would allow vacant lots as well as plots of land owned by the District to be turned into urban farms—creating a land leasing initiative, a new tax credit for food donations, and tax abatement for properties leased to become urban farms.
"There's parcels of land in D.C. that maybe aren't in the right neighborhoods or areas for development yet," Councilmember David Grosso told DCist. "One of the secrets about development is that it happens when it wants to. It's very hard to create development in a place or location where it's not ready."
Urban farms are a attractive option for underutilized property in cities. The lack of permanence makes it an appealing option in that it does not preclude future development on the site, while providing fresh food and removing an eyesore in the interim.
Read more: Vacant Lots Could Become Urban Farms Under Council Bill: DCist