As post-industrial areas struggle to keep up with the suburban strip mall societies, many are falling short and needing a miracle to revitalize their once booming economies. Try as they might to convince the people otherwise, introducing a Walmart is not the answer. Realizing this and wanting to bring vitality back to Buffalo, architect David Lagé organized a think-tank called Terrainsvagues. After throwing ideas back and forth, they came to a conclusion that met all of their needs- farming abilities above the contaminated soil, beautiful art structures to attract visitors, which will in turn begin to bring back and sustain small businesses in the area. By working with artists in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo and urban farming organizations, plans are in the works to have large free-standing installations/ gardening structures by next Spring.
With gardens, come communities to care for them, and the potential for thriving small towns, like the good old days. To find out more and support this innovative idea, which will stand as an amazing model for post-industrial towns throughout the US, stop by ArtFarms.org. In a crumbling economy desperate for jobs, this is a solution that seems plausible, and will hopefully show people that there is hope for change. Supportive, sustainable communities are a huge step in the right direction for the US and humanity.