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Bioswales as seen in the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. Click image for full information & guide, and visit the Slow Ottawa 'Stormwater Solutions' board for more sustainable water management.

Bioswales | National Association of City Transportation Officials

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Start a Community Garden! In this article, you'll learn what it takes to start a community garden -- from how to secure a site and raise money to how to organize the planting process. This is a great way to educate kids and get them involved in volunteer projects.

How to Start a Community Garden

Gardens have lots of benefits, but what if you don't have any land to start your own? If you're strapped for green space, a community garden might be the answer.

Bioswales filter stormwater in Portland, OR. Click image for many more examples and visit the Slow Ottawa 'Streets for Everyone' board for more beautiful street solutions.

Bioswales filter stormwater in Portland, OR. Click image for many more examples and visit the Slow Ottawa 'Streets for Everyone' board for more beautiful street solutions.

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada's Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada's Capital

The Windmill Development Company plans to build "the most sustainable community in the world" in Ottawa, Canada.

How to Create a Climate Adapted Neighborhood / Tredje Natur

Climate Adapted Neighborhood / Tredje Natur

Copenhagen based architecture firm Tredje Natur recently presented their plans to develop Denmark’s first climate adapted neighborhood, which...

Homestead Hamlets: Neighborhood Gardens That Create Community Food Security - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Homestead Hamlets | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Showcasing edible landscaping techniques, the neighborhood gardens started by residents of one Nebraska block helped build community food security.

Homestead Hamlets: Neighborhood Gardens That Create Community Food Security - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Homestead Hamlets | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Showcasing edible landscaping techniques, the neighborhood gardens started by residents of one Nebraska block helped build community food security.

Homestead Hamlets: Neighborhood Gardens That Create Community Food Security - Homesteading and Livestock - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Homestead Hamlets | MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Showcasing edible landscaping techniques, the neighborhood gardens started by residents of one Nebraska block helped build community food security.

people got together to buy vacant buildings to rent to locals for local businesses

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers - Yes! Magazine

Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.

Community Land Trusts and the Fight Against Gentrification - The Atlantic

How to Make Housing Affordable, Forever

Community Land Trusts and the Fight Against Gentrification - The Atlantic

'Agrihoods' Offer Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms, Not Golf Courses

'Agrihoods' Offer Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms, Not Golf Courses

The model takes the idea of farm-to-table to the next level.

"How to Start a Community Land Trust"

How to Start a Community Land Trust - Shareable

The land trust movement in the United States has gained notoriety over the past 20 years mainly for its role in environmental conservation. Known as land conservancies, these non-profit organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy, acquire development rights or land in fee simple, in order to conserve natural resources by protecting land from development. A lesser-known type