A food desert in Louisville will soon become one of the biggest havens for local food in the country.
A factory in Louisville, Kentucky, made chewing tobacco for over a century before folding in 2009. Now the abandoned site is a symbol of how the city is changing: The 24-acre brownfield will soon become one of the largest hubs for local food in the U.S.
“The idea is that you can actually show the whole cycle of the food chain,” explains Shohei Shigematsu, partner at the architecture firm OMA, which led the design of the West Louisville FoodPort. A typical food hub is only a place to aggregate and distributefood, but the developers—a nonprofit called Seed Capital Kentucky—wanted to make the FoodPort something that people in the neighborhood would want to visit, as well as an incubator for local food startups. It even has a demonstration farm and a power plant that runs on compost.
Zo moeilijk is het dus ook weer niet om een goede bestemming te vinden voor goed bruikbare gebouwen die leegstaan. In Almere zijn wij daar al succesvol in met de Creative Campus en Places to Work. Maar mbt de ‘Food Chain’ is er niets geregeld. Trouwens dit is ook Floriade 2022 gerelateerd, maar over de Floriade horen we niets (momenteel?).