What Grows Here? A Garden History of New Haven and Cultivating a New Form of Urbanism

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Amity Doolittle
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With the hope of trying to convey the importance of community gardens in urban areas, this paper explores different facets of their origin and current state. I argue that community gardens play a vital role in shaping a new form of urbanism in New Haven, and that in order to fulfill this role they must be considered an enduring part of the urban landscape, instead of just a temporary use of vacant space. This paper traces the history of community gardening within the United States and New Haven, examines the current challenges facing community gardens in the city, and finally suggests recommendations for ensuring the longevity of community gardens in New Haven.