Adopt a fruit/nut tree program
Stop wasting growing space! Municipalities should encourage the planting of food producing trees on city property. The maintenance of these trees and harvesting of food could be managed through an Adopt-a-Tree program that individuals or community groups such as the Scouts or Food Sharing initiatives could participate in.
Really, is there any land that is left unattended that is owned by the City?
For most people it is less time consuming and cheaper to buy apples, oranges and whatever at the grocery store. Urban fruits tend to picked at by the birds and are full of worms and insects. Want some, I pickup lots that fall from the neighbors trees ?
L J commented
Yes! Let's make use of land that if left unattended would produce nothing other than weeds! Crops that can be harvested can be just as green and beautiful as ornamental plants. Surely some organization could be charged with the responsibility of tending and harvesting something of benefit to both the community and individuals.
However, as a home owner in Vancouver, I'm not sure I want fruit trees planted on the city boulevard between my home and the street if that means birds picking at the cherries or whatever would mean more fruit droppings or bird droppings on cars parked on the street under them.
Is that possibly an issue that influences the city on the types of trees planted? On the other hand, the non-fruit bearing trees on my street still manage to produce a mess of sticky sap droppings on my parked car.