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  •  Actually the land they are planting is not (6+ / 0-)

    where the Whole Foods will go, according to what I have read this morning.

    And the researchers did meet with the occupiers, but their research is not creating any food, and the occupiers want the land to go to grow food for the local people.

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 09:29:14 AM PDT

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    •  But the land the researchers use (6+ / 0-)

      is going to be sold and developed, right?  Or am I just confused here?

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 09:30:55 AM PDT

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      •  nope (6+ / 0-)

        It appears the land is separate.

        Community Development Director Jeff Bond said the current agricultural land that's being occupied is not part of the project area where the Whole Foods and senior housing is proposed.

        But the issue is somewhat muddied by the fact that the original Gill Tract land, 104 acres, has been divided and developed over time, leaving farm occupation organizers concerned about the future of the remaining open space.

        "The fact that it's been sectioned off," said Anya Kamenskaya, "history shows they've been eating away at it incrementally. We don't feel convinced the university is committed to keeping it for agricultural use."

        Kamenskaya said, even though the Whole Foods is not planned to be developed on the farm land, the group hopes to shut down the effort.

        Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

        by kimoconnor on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 09:52:26 AM PDT

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      •  Here is a map: (1+ / 0-)
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        (From the Take Back the Tract website listed in the diary)

        Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

        A link to a (recent?) BING map below:
        (when map loads, click bird's eye view to compare to the image above)

        The yellow regions in the image shown above are the proposed areas of development.

        Comparing proposed to existing, it looks like the upper yellow region on the proposed map is partially developed, and the lower yellow region in mostly open space. It seems that the Ag research fields will remain - it is my impression that this is where the occupy farm is...

        This makes sense, as this is the largest area, and probably has most recently been used for growing crops. It may very well be that this region is under no immediate danger of being developed...

        By the way, as far as development goes, there are several things that are done well as far as what has been proposed - a mix of uses being one.

        The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question. -- P. Drucker

        by The Angry Architect on Wed Apr 25, 2012 at 05:37:38 PM PDT

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