Two loves collide: integrity agriculture and city planning. I was geeking out to the max while researching the history of local and raw milk in Virginia and its effect on the landscape for an amazing landscape architecture seminar called Landscapes We Eat. I found this gem about how my favorite animal determined the form of early American colonial cities:
“The need to milk the cow twice a day determined the location of churches; people had to be able to walk there and back without disruption to the schedules of cows…Important virtues are nurtured on the farm, including a graphic understanding of the relationship between working and eating.”
The predecessor of city planners in early designers in Jamestown, a colony that saw its bovine population grow from 100 in 1611 to 100,000 in 1665, had to take their beloved cows into account when they designed the layout of the city. I can imagine early settlers strategically placing pastures and barns aside churches and homes, in what can only be described as the earliest form of urban agriculture. Here’s my quick conception from my journal:
And, for good measure, a few Jane Jacobs quotes I found particularly inspirational this week:
“Designing a dream city is easy. Rebuilding a living one takes imagination.”
“In short, will the city be any fun?”
These handy thoughts about the complexity and simplicities of urban design come from Jacobs’ 1958 book The Exploding Metropolis.