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  • Reintroducing community spirit to the suburban sprawl
  • Reintroducing community spirit to the suburban sprawl
    Agritopia (2016) ©
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Agritopia: a family farm with 1,300 residents

Agritopia is one in a growing number of developments known as agrihoods springing up across the US. Built around working farmland, they aim to reintroduce community spirit and agriculture to the anti-social suburban sprawl. But what exactly is the appeal of these neighbourhoods?

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A third of Americans have never met their neighbour, despite evidence that a little small talk can enhance your health and wellbeing. [1][2] But there is another way; tens of thousands of Americans are now living in agrihoods – property developments built around working farmland, where a focus on community, green space and local produce are the main draws. [3]

While the term ‘agrihood’ is relatively new, there are already over 200 of them across America. [4] Agritopia is one such neighbourhood in Gilbert, Arizona. The 160-acre development includes 452 homes, ...

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