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LA's public parkways could become mini-urban farms (poll)




John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker of Los Angeles waters his parkway garden where he grows several different kinds of herbs. The Los Angeles City Council will vote soon on whether gardening will be allowed in parkways.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker picks strawberries from his garden. Parker and his wife also grow figs, artichokes, rhubarb, and many others for cooking. Parker started to grow fruits and vegetables because he didn't like the produce quality at his local grocery store.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker waters his garden with his dog, Diamond. Parker first planted herbs in the parkway garden a year ago.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
Also in Parker's garden are tomatoes, squash, peppers, and chard.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker takes a closer look at a mushroom he found in his garden.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker waters his garden on a hot day.
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John Parker of Los Angeles waters part of his garden which is in a parkway, a small piece of land next to the curb that is technically owned by the city.
John Parker said his garden inspired his neighbors across the street to plant in their parkway, too.
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Los Angeles is considering a move that would allow residents to grow fruits and vegetables in front of their homes — on that narrow strip of grass between sidewalks and the road. As KPCC's Hayley Fox reports, some residents just couldn't wait for the city's approval.