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53 U. Louisville L. Rev. 301 (2015)
Perennial Cities: Applying Principles of Adaptive Law to Create a Sustainable and Resilient System of Urban Agriculture
Matthew R. Dawson*
Abstract
Like all things “green,” urban agriculture is on the rise in the United States. While this trend is probably driven in part by an increased ecological awareness as a result of climate change, the recent resurgence of urban agriculture is also the result of the current period of economic uncertainty. It is unclear, however, if this trend has the vitality necessary for continued growth. After all, this is not the first time that the United States has seen a resurgence of urban agriculture in the last century. Historical crises such as the Great Depression and both World Wars also triggered comparable periods of agricultural activity within America’s cities. Will this recent bloom of urban agriculture outlast the current recession, or will it wither away after the economy recovers? More importantly, why should we care?
* J.D. Candidate, May 2015, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville.