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OpenCity Weekly Review

Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you sidewalk harvesting in Amsterdam, street food out of a shipping container and a look at Olympic city’s after the games are gone.
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Cultivating Communities

By Angela Henderson

In Vancouver, Canada, spring takes a few notable forms: cherry blossoms, umbrellas, and community gardens. Situated on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver’s coastal temperate rainforest climate is a fertile environment for gardens and gardeners alike. Despite the scarcity of urban land, Vancouver has over 75 community gardens located in school yards, city parks, boulevards, disused railways and even at City Hall. Communal gardens in Vancouver are host to a range of urban initiatives and serve a wide cross-section of the community. Digging in the dirt is something we all share in common. Continue reading

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Vegetables on the Edge in Buurtproeftuin

By Michèle Champagne

When it comes to highly-regulated spaces on Amsterdam’s splintering city edge, the community artist opts for something illegal: a vegetable garden. After all, gardens traditionally bespeak innocence, and what better way to defy regulations and moral prejudices than with a community-run garden in the city’s west-side neighbourhood called Bos en Lommer. The name is Dutch for “forest and shade,” and it’s no symbolic coincidence the word “forest” derives from “foreigner” as the area is known for its Turkish, Moroccan and Surinamese residents. As official and overt anti-immigrant sentiment rises in the Netherlands, community-driven turned cross-cultural gardens seem like small but needed gestures.

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