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GM’s Bust Turns Detroit Into Urban Prairie of Vacant-Lot Farms

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Photographer: Fabrizio Costantini/Bloomberg News. Hazel Williams picks green tomatoes at an Urban Farming crop off Linwood Avenue in Detroit, on Sept. 22, 2008.

By Michael McKee and Alex Ortolani
Bloomberg News
Dec 8, 2008

General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler LLC are fighting for their lives. Large stretches of Detroit are already dead.

With enough abandoned lots to fill the city of San Francisco, Motown is 138 square miles divided between expanses of decay and emptiness and tracts of still-functioning communities and commercial areas. Close to six barren acres of an estimated 17,000 have already been turned into 500 “mini- farms,” demonstrating the lengths to which planners will go to make land productive.

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December 11, 2008   Comments Off on GM’s Bust Turns Detroit Into Urban Prairie of Vacant-Lot Farms