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Major radio media report on Detroit’s rebirth as urban prairie – urban farm


Britain’s BBC and Canada’s CBC report

CBC’s As It Happens March 16, 2010

The city of Detroit is in rough shape. With the American auto industry in shambles, the Motor City isn’t what it used to be. Which is why Mayor David Bing is taking some steps to downsize. Later this month, Mayor Bing will announce his strategy to shrink the city of Detroit, and that plan will include a transformation towards agriculture. Vacant lots will be converted to farmland.

Mark Dowie is an investigative historian. He spent some time in Detroit documenting the new urban landscape of that city for Guernica Magazine. We reached him at his home, in Point Reyes Station, California.

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BBC – Detroit’s farming rebirth

A recent documentary, Requiem for Detroit, tells the story of the city through the 20th century, conveying its transition from Motor City to its rebirth as an urban prairie.

Principal Asenath Andrews who is teaching Detroit’s single mothers to become farmers, describes how the city is changing.

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