Food Culture

Create a unique and visible food culture in every neighborhood.


Food is an essential part of the human experience and is a great unifier. Food and food systems are uniquely tangible in a way that connects all people, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, age, or ethnicity. The culture held around food, such as tradition and rituals; local flavors and terroir; types of food; and food preparation, celebration, fads, and trends, are integral parts of any community identity and day-to-day experience. A food system is the cycle of growing, processing, transporting, distributing, celebrating, and wasting in the context of larger natural, social, political, and economic driving forces. Planning and designing resilient food systems at the neighborhood scale is a key strategy for fostering food culture, but also creates a pattern of walkability and opportunities for physical and programmatic interventions that build along the Tactical Lean and Climax (TLC) spectrum. This Pattern includes:

  •      I Live in A Great Food Neighborhood
  •      Why is Food Culture Important?
  •      A Framework for Food Culture
  •      Tactical, Lean, And Climax (TLC) Neighborhood Food Asset Menu


Janine de la Salle

Urban Food Strategies


Edible Landscaping

Active Living

Everyday Neighborhoods