Urban Homesteading in Compton circa 1868

The last bastions of Urban Agriculture need to be protected. More than the right to coexist, these dusty roads are historic, they need to be protected and revered. Once we have run them out of town, there will be no looking back. Many, many mistakes have been made in the name of progress and we should be learning from those mistakes by now.

Look at downtown Long Beach and the mall. How many city blocks of historic store fronts and architecturally significant buildings were leveled to build that mall? Just to have it torn down a few years later to build a watered down, modern version of what had previously stood, full of character and charm. The film industry loves Long Beach, permits and location fees bring in millions of dollars each year. Imagine if downtown was intact?

The Los Angeles Times published a story over the weekend called Farming in Compton’s Core that touches on the city’s efforts to squeeze out the rural vibe that has been there since the city’s inception in 1868. Any problems cited by officials do need to be addressed, but you don’t throw out the baby with the bath water now do you? Cities that are lucky enough to have a little piece of history are obliged to respect what came before and preserve it for the children coming up behind them.

All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of yesterday.

Long Beach is taking steps to restore our rich agricultural heritage, we all need to support these initiatives and stand with our neighbors to the north.

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