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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
2/8/2014 2:11:36 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Cool! But...
Rich, do they have pest in the underground. When I think of an underground tunnel that has not been utilize I think of pest like rats that may eat the produce.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
2/5/2014 12:35:12 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Sustaining
A truly great idea to explore. What with the high cost of real estate, this unused space could be used profitably by someone with some imagination and patience to see through the probable bad turns this type of experiment will undoubtedly take. Or maybe the idea would be a money maker for the government, auctioning off the available space to the highest bidders?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/4/2014 4:42:56 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cool! But...
Ha, not at all. I just felt conflicted because I love this idea but also feel it's a missed opportunity to green the urban landscape.

I'm excited to see how this unfolds, though.

Oh, also, I wonder if people would feel grossed out eating produce that was grown in a tunnel? 

richheap
richheap  
2/4/2014 4:21:19 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cool! But...
My response may have been a wee bit tetchy! I can't help being such a prima donna.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/3/2014 12:26:53 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cool! But...
Understood, Rich, and like I said, this is mostly very exciting to me. I just hope that more cities find ways to put greenery at ground level, as part of the urban landscape.

Hazel
Hazel  
2/3/2014 12:22:06 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Cool! But...
I agree. This is a worthwhile initiative, and it's going to be such a good way to make use of these spaces. It would even be better if your suggestions are incorporated (like growing local produce) but taking it one step at a time, this is great!

richheap
richheap  
2/3/2014 4:40:01 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: This is wonderful
Hi arv. One idea on heating that they have, which I don't completely understand, is that if they need extra heat in the growing tunnel then they can channel excess heat from the Underground lines above. I'm not sure how that works exactly, but it sounds interesting.

richheap
richheap  
2/3/2014 2:22:59 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Little gems underfoot
They're renting the space from Transport for London, but I don't think there's any city level involvement other than that. I haven't seen that any public body has offered any seed money, which is why these guys are out looking for 600k investment (and that's why this story is out there); and I don't think there are any permits they need to operate, although their food will be subject to the same safety regulations as every other producer's.

richheap
richheap  
2/3/2014 2:13:24 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Cool! But...
Well you can't have everything in every project, Nicole. I don't mind that this greenery isn't at ground level; and I don't think it'd be possible for them to transfer this project above ground. In any case, are plants in hydroponic trays really the sort of greenery we'd want to spruce up the city?

Also, if it was above ground they'd need pesticides. I don't see how you can have it both ways.

arv
arv  
2/3/2014 12:56:23 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Big names to get associated
"plan to sell it to high-end restaurants and retailers."

    Some big names (VC's) should get associated with this work, something like as you mentioned the role of Florette, which can catch the imagination of the people and should encourage the usage of the such salads.  The Bad Boy's Bakery experiment is one such thing I remember, where the bakery products from the Jail were sold to the people.

  

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