As depicted in Wednesday’s NY Times, city government and community organizations have teamed up to create a pushcart business model that provides poor communities and minority communities access to fresh food options–like everyone else. Multi-sector commitment and real collaboration is the right idea for Springfield and Holyoke, too. We just completed a series of resident focus groups in the North End of Springfield, and almost everyone identified access to healthy, fresh, affordable food as the biggest problem. And I wrote about MIT’s North End interactive Google food map here.
Continuing the NYC pushcart theme, here’s another example (NYT 4/3/09) of this nonprofit-municipal-business combo from my friends at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (see photos below). In this case, design plays a major role, and I love that. TSM Design in downtown Springfield has been extremely supportive of the The Springfield Institute (and several other organizations in Springfield), and I think you’ll start to notice their contributions around our office and on this web site in the coming months….
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