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Tear down 14 blocks of houses in Detroit – Build an urban farm

Motor City Blight Busters

By John Hendren
Al Jazeera
June 28, 2013
(Must see. Mike)

Many US cities have a long way to go before the housing market recovers fully. In Detroit, demolition teams are tearing down thousands of abandoned homes in a bid to increase the value of occupied homes in the city’s neighbourhoods. The scheme is working, and Detroit’s housing market gains are outpacing the rest of the nation.

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“To turn to ecology is a return to agriculture, to the garden.” Alan Chadwick

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See the film here.

Garden: a 1971 film by Michael Stusser

Alan Chadwick was a huge influence on the early North American ‘return to the garden movement’.

Excerpts from the Alan Chadwick Website

Garden is Michael Stusser’s 16mm classic film of Alan Chadwick’s garden at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The Garden Project was begun in the Spring of 1967, so this film shows the garden almost five years later when it had achieved its full glory. Words cannot even begin to describe the magic of the place, its profusion of colors, scents, sounds, healthy vegetables, and enthusiastic human beings who found a deep soul-healing through the work of the garden. But this film successfully evokes much of the garden’s charm, and is really the only comprehensive visual record of that enchanted time which was never again fully achieved elsewhere.

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