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December 2022


This research partnership between local public health practitioners and urban food systems scholars suggests improvements to City of Richmond, Virginia’s zoning code related to food retail and urban agriculture by drawing inspiration from other American central cities. The authors created an empirical process to identify potential sister cities to Richmond as a source for high quality comparative examples. Next, the authors then engaged in a non-empirical, purposive process of identifying potential zoning code improvements from both identified sister cities, as well as other communities. Time and capacity constraints dictated the non-empirical nature of this search. Recommendations for improvement to Richmond’s zoning code are included. Local government officials and potential urban food entrepreneurs of jurisdictions with comparable characteristics to the City of Richmond could benefit from this analysis.

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Quigley et al. (2022). Comparative Analysis of Zoning of Food Retail and Urban Agriculture for Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University.


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