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Urban Agriculture in Southeastern San Diego: Vacant Lot Survey. OBJECTIVE : Evaluate the suitability of Southeast San Diego’s 591 vacant/undeveloped lots for possible use as community gardens.

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urban agriculture in southeastern san diego vacant lot survey
Urban Agriculture in Southeastern San Diego: Vacant Lot Survey
  • OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the suitability of Southeast San Diego’s 591 vacant/undeveloped lots for possible use as community gardens.
  • FINDINGS: 76 of the 329 vacant lots (those deemed worth classifying) are “good” candidates for use as community gardens.
  • ACTION: Initial steps are underway to transform one of the privately held “good” vacant lots into a community garden. The landowner is an eager participant. Creating a community garden on this privately owned lot is a significant test case (model). It will shed light on opportunities and constraints re using private property as community commons.
  • THE BIG PICTURE
  • Opportunities and Benefits
  • Agenda for Action Research
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Community Commons

Catalyst of The Good Bioregion Movement

Consultants

Bob Leiter, Land Use/Regional Planner

Janice Pezzoli, Community Gardens

IlyaZaslavsky, Information Technology

study area

Southeastern San Diego

Encanto Neighborhoods

Skyline-Paradise Hills h

Study Area:
  • Sherman Heights  
  • Logan Heights  
  • Grant Hill  
  • Memorial  
  • Stockton  
  • Mount Hope  
  • Mountain View  
  • Southcrest
  • Shelltown
  • Chollas View  
  • Lincoln Park  
  • Valencia Park  
  • Emerald Hills  
  • Encanto
  • Alta Vista  
  • Broadway Heights
  • Jamacha Lomita  
  • Skyline, Bay  
  • Bay Terraces  
  • Paradise Hills
591 vacant lots
591 Vacant Lots

Planning & Decision Support System

Bioregional Workbench, Google Earth, CommunityVizCommunity Commons

survey questions
Survey Questions
  • Lot size
  • Topography
  • Sunlight
  • Water
  • Soil condition
  • Electrical Power
  • Visibility
  • Maintenance
  • Fencing
  • Vehicle Access
  • Parking
  • Property Ownership
  • Community interest

SOURCE: Victory Gardens, San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project

James A. LaGro. 2008. Site analysis : a contextual approach to sustainable land planning and site design. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

survey method
Survey Method
  • Google Doc
  • Social media used to organize students
  • The Workers
  • 91 UCSD Students
  • 58 SDSU Students
  • In 33 Teams
  • The Product
  • 329 Lots Surveyed
  • 20 Field Reports
27 good vacant lots west of i 805
27 Good Vacant Lots, West of I-805

49Good Vacant Lots,

East of I-805

N = 329

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4540 Ocean View Blvd

Neighborhood is 77% Latino, 13% African-American

Red bounded property is a vacant lot slated to become to become a community garden

sesd the right place at the right time to spur alternative development
SESD: the right place at the right time to spur alternative development
  • Problems arising from climate change, peak oil, peak fresh water, mounting economic and ecological stresses, unhealthy food systems and living conditions are combining in troublesome ways.
  • These problems are (1) stressing institutional, fiscal and management functions to the breaking point, and (2) creating conditions ripe for “rooted” agropolitan development based on localization (sustainable place-making using local social, economic and bioregional assets)
  • SESD has a favorable geographic location, and advantageous mix of diverse cultures, creative leaders, entrepreneurial nonprofit orgs, centers of education, and ecosystems.
  • SESD’s neighborhoods are well positioned to advance urban agriculture; the time is right to rally around a vision of "agropolitandevelopment” (progressive bioregionalism). PNV and others are leading the way.
next steps
Next Steps
  • State-Market-Civil Society Relations
    • Recalibrate our measures of wealth, well-being and the importance of community commons
    • Integrate efforts to create new livelihoods and rooted communities with efforts to establish the basis for a new progressive ecological democracy
    • Tie the food systems movement into related sustainability challenges (e.g., food-water-energy nexus)
  • Community-University Relations
    • Build information and communications systems that make it easier for community-based organizations, scientists, scholars and students to join forces linking knowledge-to-action for the common good.
    • Empower grassroots social innovation with scientific innovation, and vice versa.
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Research Institutions

Bioregion & Ecological Democracy

Civil Society & Planning