[Image: Two pictures side by side. One is of a sidewalk with a strip of land next to it that is made of cut, brown grass. The next is of a side walk with a lot of tress and plants on either side, crowding the sidewalk. The text reads: “Turn your sidewalk into a food walk.”
I have the same thoughts on this as I do guerrillla grafting.
- Sidewalks are sites of a lot of toxic runoff (including heavy metals), as well as airbourne particulate emissions from vehicles.
- People walk their dogs, along them, who urinate and defecate in these spaces. This is not neccessarily bad, as long as it doesn’t touch food. It can be safely taken care of with a worm tower and a poop scoop.
- People often feel embarrassed, distrusting, or ashamed getting their food from roadside sources, and so the food is left to rot: attracting wasps.
- Tree roots can disrupt public infrastructure (pipes, roads, sidewalks), which is a significant cost and can damage a community’s public works: this is decidedly not good if said community is already under-served. Call before you dig!
- Planting flowers and local flora for native bees and pollinators is probably the best.
- Planting food is best done in places with a lower pollution burden: ie. abandoned lots, rooftops, balconies, and parks.
- This is not saying “foodwalks” are a bad idea in every scenario, just be careful and think twice, and maybe consult someone before going for it.
Can I just add that the sidewalk has now become unaccessible for people in wheelchairs or even just with other mobility devices? I can see canes and crutches just becoming snared on that mess (and roots that might grow up and disrupt the sidewalk) and causing a bad fall. Because that’s what you need when you have a disability. Falling on concrete.
People who use motor wheelchairs need paths that are wider and clearer than that.
Right now, I see a sidewalk that just became difficult to nearly impassible for many, many people. You try getting through that with mobility issues. But I guess the ability of disabled people to be mobile and able to get around in their own communities and neighborhoods isn’t important to people who think of things like this.
Yes! This too!
I can’t believe I forgot about that when I was making a list of considerations. But this is especially true