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2013: CHICAGO TURNS VACANT LOTS INTO URBAN FARMS; MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES NEW PLAN; FARMERS FOR CHICAGO

farmersAs a Chicago real estate agent, I see my share of vacant lots in depressed areas around the city.   Nearby abandoned buildings are an eyesore and haven for gang bangers and drug dealers.  It is scary when showing homes in these neighborhoods, and makes my job a challenge.  Well, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new idea to combat a portion of this problem in the city of Chicago.  On Friday he announced the launch of “Farmers for Chicago“, which will essentially turn vacant city lots into urban farms for the next three years.

The new program will be supported by private donors and will turn about five acres of city-owned lots into urban farming developments.  Chicago will partner up with the local urban agriculture organization Growing Power.

Neighborhood residents will be trained by nonprofit organizations, to grow food which will be distributed to local farmer’s markets, restaurants, and grocery chains.

It sounds like a good idea and should offer a way to get residents involved within their own neighborhood.  The pride of community found in past decades has been lost, and is felt when traveling through some areas of Chicago.  Hopefully, it will also beautify the dirty garbage filled lots and get more people involved in cleaning up these poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

The next plan should be creating a law enforcement task to reduce the theft and damage of foreclosed properties.  It is sad to see the complete destruction when entering many properties, where you know someone loved and took pride in them while living there.  During a recent showing, I took this photo of a condo vandalized and stripped.  It is shocking to see the pure loss…so STRICTER penalties should also be implemented.

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March 16, 2013 - Posted by | CHICAGO NEWS, CHICAGO REAL ESTATE | , , , , ,

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