18 May '11, 5pm

Minneapolis to open 12 vacant lots to gardening:

across the city to groups that will turn them into community gardens, because a lot strewn with tomatoes and strawberries sure beats one strewn with empty McDonald's cups. There's a long tradition of using empty space in cities for community gardens, and these programs can go wonky when the city decides the land's more valuable as a condo of office building. Minneapolis ran into this problem back in 2002 . But the good news about these new plots is that the city has determined that they're "non-buildable," which means that if all goes well the gardens will have the chance to flourish long-term. Nonprofit groups with experience can get three- to five-year leases on the lots, and newbies can get one-year leases.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-18-minneapolis-to-open-...