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The Urban Greening Plan’s main goal is to establish an environmentally and economically sustainable urban development that activates the Los Angeles River and develops a brand for its surrounding and demographically diverse neighborhoods. Although many of the proposed interventions are related to urban agriculture at various scales, the plan also incorporates non-vegetated green infrastructure strategies such as permeable paving, underground cisterns, and dry wells. The analysis was completed after months of community outreach and consultation with government departments and local stakeholders.

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To better illustrate their findings, the Urban Greening plan includes a set of site-specific proposals, from a Community Food Hub to the Humboldt Incubation Hub. These focus areas give examples of how different areas use urban agriculture—from cultivation to retail—to build community and jobs. The plan also identifies many possible sources of funding. Several projects are already underway in the study area, including two commercial/communal kitchens—one by Civic Enterprises and another that’s nearly complete called Fishburn Kitchens.

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