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Columbus Neighborhood Targeted to Become Urban Food Campus

The Columbus Dispatch reported today that the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission was awarded an $864,989 federal grant from HUD to revitalize Columbus' Weinland Park community with a year-round farmers market, dozens of community gardens and a restaurant selling locally produced food.  The area could also be home to a food-processing center and business incubator.  This would be a unique approach to urban redevelopment for its food-production system based approach.

It’s great to see increased investments in our core cities and neighboring communities, especially an innovative project like this one.  The vision to create a “neighborhood food campus” is a creative solution to repurposing the vacant land in the neighborhood.  This is also a much needed improvement because Weinland Park is a food desert with limited access to fresh produce.  The plans should be completed by 2012, and we look forward to seeing this project progress.