A Case Study: Integrating Urban Agriculture into the Municipal Infrastructure in Tacoma, WA
Tacoma is located about 30 miles south of Seattle on Puget Sound. In many ways, Tacoma is an average mid-sized city. Like many cities in the US, Tacoma’s urban core went through a decline in the mid to late twentieth century, where population decreased and crime increased. A revitalization of the downtown core has helped to reverse this trend with a growing arts scene, a branch of the University of Washington, and a number of museums. One additional factor that distinguishes Tacoma and that has played a part in its revitalization is its burgeoning community garden program. The program is well integrated into the municipal infrastructure and its growth is due in part to deliberate efforts by the city government and agencies to make urban agriculture part of their mission.