In cities, agriculture might be able to take the place of vacant lots. And in suburbia? Well, in 2008, the New Urbanism evangelist Andrés Duany, of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ), architects and town planners, proclaimed that “agriculture is the new golf,” a prescient and deliberately provocative claim that is helping frame the conversation about suburbia’s future. “Only 17 percent of people living in golf-course communities play golf more than once a year. Why not grow food?”Agricultural Urbanism might be a solution to Hawaii's development challenge: preserving agriculture and green space, while providing homes for Hawaii's residents. But, as the story observes,
[W]ill lenders, builders, and developers see the big picture? “I think developers w[i]ll understand that things need to change—that when the economy comes back it will be different,” says [Galina Tachieva of of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company ]. “The majority of leaders, politicians, and planners know that things will be different. It’s not possible to do the same from a financial point of view.”Can Hawaii's leaders work with landowners and developers to bring about practicable change? We shall see.
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