Oh how the mighty have fallen …Detroit once the Automobile capital of the world, and before the fourth largest city in America( behind New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in the 1950.)
Now the city which lost population for the last 5o years, blight, crime and urban decay is going green and its not what you think.
The city with a $300 million budget deficit; 33,000 vacant homes and astonishing 91,000 vacant lots Detroit wants to buy up the vacant and abandoned property to create massive urban farmlands and park preserves throughout the city.
The city would borrow millions or billions to buy up property and demolish the vacant homes and clean up contamination and sell the clean land people who like to plant large acre farms in the city.
Urban Planners and city leaders across the country are watching:
“Things that were unthinkable are now becoming thinkable,” said James W. Hughes, dean of the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, who is among the urban experts watching the experiment with interest. “There is now a realization that past glories are never going to be recaptured. Some people probably don’t accept that, but that is the reality.”
Later this month Detroit Mayor will make this announcement during the state of the city address. Bing point out that Detroit doesn’t have the resources in fire and police in city.
There concern many would be pushed out.”People are afraid,” said Deborah L. Younger, who is the head of Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Detroit Local Initiatives is trying revitalize neighborhoods in Detroit. “When you read that neighborhoods may no longer exist, that sends fear.”
Residents are nervous with the plans.
Resident Dave Hardin 60, is not crazy about the city’s plans.”I like the way things are right here,” said Hardin, whose home is one of three properties which he lived in while the other ho es in the neighbor commonly known as City Airport. He has lived there since 1976, when every home on the street was occupied, and said he enjoys the peace and quiet.
The plan would take three years to complete.