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Urban Community Gardens as Contested Space

Karen Schmelzkopf
Geographical Review
Vol. 85, No. 3 (Jul., 1995), pp. 364-381
DOI: 10.2307/215279
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215279
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This article examines community gardens in Loisaida, a part of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. The area is crime ridden, and most of the residents are poor. The gardens serve social and economic functions such as safe, open spaces for socialization and sources of food. Competition for use of the sites for gardening or housing has emerged as a major problem.

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