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July 1995, 85(3), pp. 364-381.
Urban Community Gardens as Contested Space
This article examines community gardens in Loisiada, a part
of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. The area
is crime ridden, and most of the resident 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.
Keywords: community gardens, housing, Lower East Side,
New York City.
DR. SCHMELZKOPF is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography
at Monmouth University.
To contact the author:
Prof. Karen Schmelzkopf
Department of Geography
West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764-1898
(908) 571-7538 (office)
(908) 571-3523 (fax)
Electronic mail: email@example.com
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