March 9, 2010

HOW ABOUT TOPIARY IN THE SHAPE OF DISNEY CHARACTERS?:

Detroit looks at downsizing to save city: Wants to turn vacant lots into farmland (David Runk, 3/09/10, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile.

Operating on a scale never before attempted in this country, the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods. Roughly a quarter of the 139-square-mile city could go from urban to semi-rural.

Near downtown, fruit trees and vegetable farms would replace neighborhoods that are an eerie landscape of empty buildings and vacant lots. Suburban commuters heading into the city center might pass through what looks like the countryside to get there. Surviving neighborhoods in the birthplace of the auto industry would become pockets in expanses of green.


Cities are too dehumanizing to be lived in. They ought to, in effect, be large business parks and entertainment complexes that most people leave for the night.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2010 6:40 AM
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