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Laura Lawson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on community gardens and the changing roles of parks in low-income communities. She is author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America (University of California Press, 2005) and co-author, with Jeff Hou and Julie Johnson, of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (University of Washington Press, 2009). She received her doctorate in environmental planning and her master’s of landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.