January 01, 2018

Unlocking Urban Agriculture’s Potential with Municipal Policy

Nick Leonard

For many of Detroit’s longtime residents, the neighborhoods they grew up in are no longer recognizable. City blocks that used to have dozens of homes now have only a handful. Homes that were once the lifeblood of a neighborhood have become abandoned, dilapidated, and demolished, with untended lots being left in the wake. As residents have left, local businesses also have shuttered their windows leaving residents with few places to socialize and do basic things like purchase fresh and healthy foods. In response to this local crisis, residents frequently have taken matters into their own hands by cleaning up and transforming the vacant and untended lot in their neighborhood into an urban farm or garden.

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