Sunlit Water

March 22, 2010

Houses To Farms

Filed under: Culture,Land,Planning — by teofilo @ 3:24 pm

This is something that has come up briefly here before in a more hypothetical context, but now it looks likely to become very real.  Detroit, America’s favorite example of urban failure, is making serious plans to tear down many of its nearly abandoned neighborhoods and reconcentrate its population in a smaller area.  The resulting open space can be used for parklands or agriculture.  Industrial use is also a theoretical possibility, but as the article notes, there is unlikely to be much demand from industry.  This “shrinking cities” idea comes originally from the former East Germany, and it has been gaining popularity in the past few years in some parts of the Midwest.  Youngstown, which the article mentions, has been the most prominent example so far.  Detroit, though, is much bigger and better-known, so it’ll be very interesting to see how this experiment goes.

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