Basically I'd like to see a discussion on the importance these kinds of initiatives are currently given within urban planning as well as how important and beneficial the people here think they are in relation to urban sustainability, social equity/'empowerment' and the development of a sense of community.
I also wonder if any of you have stories about allotment gardens that were seemingly planned well, but failed in practice.
The reason why I have become interested in this is because I'm working on an academic research project on the planning issues surrounding community gardening in Toronto's West Don Lands. There are actually several interesting issues in this particular case, including the fact that Foodshare (a government-affiliated non-profit organization involved in community gardening and the promotion of organic foods) has been forced to leave the area so a flood protection berm can be constructed.
Another thing that I noticed in the most recent plans for the area are that many of the open spaces planned for the area that would be suitable for community gardening are only semi-public and are generally located behind/between the fairly expensive townhouses to be installed rather than being sited for the purpose of being accessible to those living in affordable housing, who would likely benefit a lot more from community gardening, especially if they are able to grow food.