A team tasked with developing an Urban Agriculture Study for the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan, which borders the L.A. River and neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights, and Glassell Park, has released its report. The study identifies urban ag projects that can entice green developers and also meet local needs.

The group looked at the area because it already has some food processing and training capacity, and also because the current zoning permits urban agriculture virtually throughout the area.


“How can you re-stitch the urban fabric and make it stronger?” asked Perkins+Will associate principal Leigh Christy, one of the plan’s leaders. “We are ridiculously excited about it. There is so much potential.”


Pilot projects will start this spring.