18 Broadway Urban Garden

18 Broadway Urban Garden, Kansas City: Address, 18 Broadway Urban Garden Reviews: 3/5

18 Broadway Urban Garden
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Kansas City, MO13 contributions
Urban Garden
May 2017 • Solo
It's an urban garden. It's not worth visiting, unless you want to join the urban garden. You can walk around, but you'll just see vegetables growing. Again, it's a functioning garden, so it's not really pretty.

Despite all the grass, this garden is not pet friendly.
Written 18 May 2017
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Lexington, KY57 contributions
Great Use of Vacant Urban Space and commendable civic action
Sep 2015 • Friends
I had seen a program on television about 18Broadway Urban Garden and found the concept appealing so, when visiting Kansas City recently, I made a point to find the Crossroads District and see the garden for myself. What I found was quite remarkable, for, from what I understand it is maintained almost entirely by volunteers and covers one entire city block.
Plans in 2008 were for this city block at 18th and Broadway to be developed. Then, with the economic downturn, the developer (DST Systems) turned the lot into greenspace instead. The lot is on a fairly steep incline from NW to SE, so the area is terraced. There are permeable paved paths around the edge. Raised beds are planted with fruit and vegetables and the harvest is given to a community food consortium. When I was there in September, the late summer crops were near or at maturity. There were young cordoned fruit trees on a couple of the terraces.
Kansas City Master Gardeners have a demonstration garden at the NW corner where there were wooden benches for seating surrounded with cardinal vines. They also had planters of annual flowers for color. There were trees and shrubs and a couple of storage sheds.
Water spigots throughout the garden were attached to hoses that were housed in rather nifty wire drums. The water for the garden comes from an underground cistern that collects stormwater runoff through a bioswale around the edge of the garden. This bioswale is formed by native grasses collecting and draining water through their roots.
To me, this is an ideal use for what would otherwise be a vacant, unattractive city lot. It has community spirit, is innovative, is a teaching tool for sustainability, and should be used as a model for similar areas in other cities.
I commend the civic mindedness of the developer and of the volunteers who give of their time and labor to make this work.
Written 30 September 2015
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