Detroit: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Earthworks urban farm (Photo credit: detroitunspun)

Detroit’s economic woes, including the city’s recent filing for bankruptcy, have been well covered by mainstream media outlets. What has been less talked about are the ways in which Detroit’s citizens have come together to make something good out of a bad situation. They are taking Detroit’s numerous vacant lots and turning them into thriving urban farms.

The sprawling metropolis of Detroit, covering over 139 square miles, contains around 150,000 vacant lots, an area roughly the size of Manhattan. But, instead of letting these areas lie empty and decaying, Detroit residents have come …read more