General Motors' Bust Turns Detroit Into Urban Farming Mecca
David ByrneFrom the age of the dinosaurs / Cars have run on gasoline / Where, where have they gone? / Now, it's nothing but flowers / There was a factory / Now there are mountains and rivers
For some time now I have been advocating or writing about the need to re-think the role of food production in the context of the new, emerging economic realities. It seems that we have an early indication of where this all may go by looking at the center of the old economic model, Detroit.
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.