Extra-ordinary urban easter

A big part of the Urban Food Street story is encapsulated in the relationships that are fostered with one another.   We've always viewed the neighbourhood as an important social meeting place and planting edible species along our verges has greatly enhanced opportunities for neighbourhood social sustainability.  Neighbours from streets away who'd traditionally never stop longer than a polite hello, are brought together over the common understanding that the limes are now in season and they are welcome to pick from the verge trees or through the afternoon antics in the kids garden, or at the monthly working bee.  Planning throughout our streets focuses on the social, environmental and health value of a suburban model that offers  opportunities for social sustainability through face to face engagement instead of the traditional transactions of daily living, planned in dedication of creating a rational and streamlined setting for necessary functions.  Hinged on observations by Jah Gehl in 'Cities for People', life and activity in our neighbourhood  is an urban attraction, with local residents and urban tourists venturing through our streets daily, to observe the extraordinary. Extraordinary was  illuminated on Sunday during the annual kids easter egg hunt and afternoon tea. Traffic was calmed for a period of two hours, whilst the kids used the streets to hunt for easter eggs, play cricket,  indulge in a spot of face painting, harvest bananas and eat neighbourhood made cake.  Active and engaged suburban neighbourhoods using verge grown food as a catalyst to challenging contemporary models of urban design which traditionally result in prescribed ways of urban occupation.  No prescription here. Instead kids learn that  growing food on the verges of their neighbourhood is not only environmentally sustainable but that the design of the urban environment and human health are intrinsically linked. Streets that grow the potential for fresh local eating, whilst also promoting seamless social interaction and physical activity.  Created, funded and implemented independently, here are a few pics from Sunday's  extra - ordinary easter antics.

Plump and juicy verge grown limes ready to eat.

Plump and juicy verge grown limes ready to eat.

Kids play cricket in a traffic  calmed residential street.  Everyone gets a go.

Kids play cricket in a traffic  calmed residential street.  Everyone gets a go.

Face painting was a hit.  Thanks to the resident artist who volunteered her time.

Face painting was a hit.  Thanks to the resident artist who volunteered her time.

Kids searched for chocolate amongst the verge edibles but found  chickens instead!

Kids searched for chocolate amongst the verge edibles but found  chickens instead!

Banana St. bananas were distributed amongst neighbourhood families with Jack learning the art of turning  the bunch from the tree into family sized hands.

Banana St. bananas were distributed amongst neighbourhood families with Jack learning the art of turning  the bunch from the tree into family sized hands.

Eggs were gathered.

Eggs were gathered.