New Definition of “Urban Revitalization” in Michigan . . .


“Back to nature.”


Detroit News, October 23, 2008: State encourages urban gardening

Michigan residents will be able to use tax-reverted property to create urban gardens under a program Gov. Jennifer Mouch announced Wednesday.


The new Garden for Growth program will encourage urban revitalization and support the governor’s urban food initiative by making fresh and healthy foods available to city dwellers. The program encourages people and nonprofit organizations to lease parcels of land for only $50 per year.




A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars. It looked as if blind hands had seized whatever fitted the need of the moment, with no concept of remaining in existence the next morning.


The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town. A shell of concrete, which had been a schoolhouse, stood on the outskirts; it looked like a skull, with the empty sockets of glassless windows, with a few strands of hair still clinging to it, in the shape of broken wires.


In a distant field, beyond the town, they saw the figure of a man moving slowly, contorted by the ugliness of a physical effort beyond the proper use of a human body: he was pushing a plow by hand.


They reached the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company two miles and two hours later. . . The factory had been gutted long ago. The great pieces of machinery had been moved out by some civilized means – the neat holes of their bases still remained in the concrete of the floor. The rest had gone to random looters. There was nothing left, except refuse which the neediest tramp had found worthless, piles of twisted, rusted scraps, of boards, plaster and glass splinters-and the steel stairways, built to last and lasting, rising in trim spirals to the roof.


Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Chapter 9






see also:

 Detroit Shrugged – “Urban Farming” By Jack McHugh



5 Responses to “New Definition of “Urban Revitalization” in Michigan . . .”

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    I have posted several times that the solution for Detroit is complete reorganization, including significant reduction of its geographic area. The city is far to large to effectively serve its residents who now comprise less than 1/2 of it largest historical population.

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