Is it possible to have more than a token swatch of green space in an urban region?
While the board members in my hometown would argue that "progress" and a "desirable tax base" cannot possibly be reconciled with open space and agriculture, here’s a story that proves the board’s thinking to be as muddled as I’ve always known it to be.
"Cow Heaven: Saving Agricultural Land" is the latest edition of Making Contact (an international series from the National Radio Project). It focuses on San Francisco’s West Marin County–where, while its housing market rates skyrockets, boasts an agricultural greenbelt north of the Golden Gate Bridge. "Cow Heaven" is the old-timey nickname for the farming space.
Cow Heaven, and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, prove the worth of permanently preserved farmland and open space, even in the most urban locales.
Are you listening, Royalton Township?