Charles Bucky called it “enduring beauty.”
Four years ago, during an email exchange, Bukie mentioned that word to me as I searched for text and context on long-term plans to improve the city.
Bukie: Founder and CEO of CZB in Alexandria, Virginia and key architect of Eric Rephos’ general plan: Over the years, any meaningful renaissance in Erie has been a source of insight into what it will really take to buy it.
It was April 2017.
Our topic was urban agriculture.
I asked Bukin if the city wanted to address zonal gaps and other benefits related to agriculture, to use long-term open assets properly, to prevent crime, to strengthen neighborhood unity, to provide education and training opportunities, and to increase residents’ access. To healthy foods.
City officials will sign new regulations to help promote urban agriculture.
“Yes,” said Booke. But he emphasized the need for sustainable beauty, which means that urban agricultural plans must be strong, well-designed and widely used.
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The recent project of the St. Joseph Neighborhood Sisters Network seems to fit that description.
A non-profit neighbor plans to build a 1,000-square-foot, 1,000-square-foot greenhouse on 400 blocks west of 19th Street in the small Italian neighborhood of Erie.
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A one-story house was demolished once.
But that structure collapsed in a neighborhood network that was supposed to bring the so-called Walipini Greenhouse – an open or translucent underground greenhouse with natural heat and cooling.
The Eri Zone Zone Board of Trustees signed the agreement for the project in July. According to the city’s zoning regulations, it was necessary to approve greenhouses in residential areas such as 400 blocks west of 19th Avenue.
The exact cost of the project is still being determined, but Neighboring Network executive Heather Caspar said the team has received about $ 100,000 and that the greenhouse could be completed by the end of this year.
The greenhouse still uses the undamaged foundation of the old house.
He said the new building will be used throughout the year to grow crops, plants and other plants to support the neighboring network of farmers’ markets, urban agricultural education and food security programs.
“There are a lot of empty and damaged properties in our area, and you can only have a lot of (outdoor) gardens and green spaces,” Caspar told zonal hearing board members. We always try to find alternative ways to use these places.
A similar project initiated a neighborhood network in Detroit, which has adopted urban agriculture to rehabilitate rotten neighborhoods and bring healthy food to city dwellers.
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During our email exchange, Bukie warned that urban agriculture is not a renewal.
“One has to be intentional about it, and so on,” Booke said, adding that maintenance commitments and a long-term sustainability strategy are essential.
Booke also said that any project should include more discussions with local residents to measure risks and protect purchases.
Caspar gets that.
She said she has been in contact with nearby property owners for support of the Neighborhood Network and has consulted with University of Michigan professor Steven Mancache on the best ways to move forward with the project in Erie.
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“This is a neighborhood improvement,” Caspar said of the Eri Greenhouse project.
I guess Bucky agrees.
A.D. Back in 2017, he said via email, “Greenhouses will be a smart way to go.” “I would argue that this is the wisest way for people to think in Erie. It may work, but it requires real attention.
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