Dallas has one successful, visible, commercial urban farm. It also has thousands of parking lots. But apparently that ratio's not sufficiently skewed for some tastes.
Tom Spicer of Spiceman's FM 1410 today told his e-mail list that his landlord's considering paving over his backyard garden, which has helped keep the city's top kitchens in quality herbs and vegetables. Robert's reporting the story over at Unfair Park, but we've got the e-mail after the jump.
The first of the concrete companies have showed up at my FM 1410 garden to measure how much concrete will be needed to pave it over. If you've ever been to this neighborhood to shop at Jimmy's or my store or Ur banyo, you know that parking is a real big problem. So now my garden landlords (different than the one I lease the retail storefront.) Jack Kemp, Karen and Robert Udishen see there's some real potential money to be made with a parking lot. They own several empty lots in this neighbor hood but the closest one to Jimmy's is my garden so... Any way...I'm hoping to hold a few fundraisers so I can buy an urban parcel to cultivate. I will also probably relocate my business as well and return to wholesale only as Ur banyo, who I as keeper of the keys at 1410 N. Fitzhugh, all but installed them into both spaces on either side after they closed their Uptown location due high rent and sluggish economy have been licking their chops at the deck I put in which will ultimately overlook a smashing new parking lot. I'm keeping it brief because I have lots to consider including where I'm going to go from here. Oh...and Jack Kemp didn't have the huevos to call me about this new twist. The concete company sent a rep to walk off my garden deminsions, how bout them apples Dallas. Keepin real spicy y'all and will let you know how things develop.
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