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News for October 2011

Introducing 462 Halsey Community Garden

31 October 2011

‎462 Halsey Community Garden has gotten permission to use a lot on Halsey Street that has been vacant for over 20 years. Now they need a little financial support. Please donate to their ioby project.

Mid-October Press Roundup

23 October 2011

An article on the Boston Society of Architects mentions us:

"Taking a guerrilla campaigning approach to urban farming, the group has tagged numerous abandoned lots with posters and contact numbers of local agencies in an effort to gain support for a local bill that would allow the city to turn the empty lots over to local residents for community farms. Although their goals may seem like a long shot to some, the idea of creating a network of microgrowing areas throughout the borough is a powerful suggestion of the potential and pragmatism that reprogramming empty lots represents."

Grist points to our collaboration with 350 for Insert ____ Here in an article about community responses to global warming in NYC.

Meanwhile, our friend Paula has been witnessing an occupation happening in Sao Paulo. We're excited to see that these worldwide protests for economic justice are also challenging our conceptions of urban space. One early response has been an interactive map for rating the publicly-owned private spaces in NYC that you work near (or plan on occupying).

Treehugger Maker Faire Highlights

02 October 2011

At Treehugger, we're in their Maker Faire highlights:

"The project strives to make communities aware of the land resources around them and help residents to connect with the vacant lots in their lives. Much of the unused space is actually publicly owned and 596 acres helps residents by providing tools to help them negotiate interim and long term community uses for this public space. 596 Acres works to connect communities to the information they need to gain control of their environments."