I feel badly as I cannot highlight or recommend every line of this article. So great, Chris! I am so glad to see this is being promoted and shared as well. People like Folta and others (it’s kind of mean to keep slamming Gwyneth Paltrow) are beyond thoughtless about this.
I can’t do my business planning practice any longer due to the economy and political situations, but the types of businesses I most-enjoyed working with were of the nature you describe. Working in South LA, there is so much availability of land for the purposes you mention; yet almost to a project or business, as soon as someone would have some success, another use would be found for the land, or if it was leased, the lease would be increased out of the realm of the local people trying to grow food.
I saw this the other day. I don’t know the feasability of this, but it would be tremendous if it is actually beneficial and cost-effective. Before the urban affordable housing development market dried up, we were researching vertical farming. This seems somewhat similar: Freight Farms.
I see several competing companies and features in WSJ — seldom a good sign for actual people using such containers for viable urban businesses. But I wish this would happen. I grew up in a working orange grove and also in Hollywood. Our school was not unlike your school; the rich people in H’wood don’t have kids for the most part and the flatland is all poor.
I totally get what you’re saying.