RACHEL SIGNER is a nonfiction writer based in Bed-Stuy. She is a regular contributor to Dowser.org, a website about social change and innovation.
Lessons of the Brooklyn BountyBy Rachel Signer
In Hungry City (2008), a book about food and cities, architect Carolyn Steel proposes the concept of sitopia as a practical alternative to the idea of utopia. Sitopia, Steel writes, is a potential solution to the problem of dwelling. Since the world is already shaped by food, she reasons, theres no need to wait for a utopian future to start changing the world. We can start with food.