This article, World's Largest Urban Farm Planned for Detroit, announces a huge and innovative plan to turn acres of unused urban wasteland into an urban farm. With issues of access and urban decay front and center this has to be good news. Still, the soil quality has to be abysmal and what is the infrastructure to maintain this once the grant money's gone?
One of the chief concerns for siting of Boston's Year Round Market is the lack of access certain site choices will have for various populations. Detroit will solve that by siting the farm right in the city. Hopefully, it will be organic. Maybe a school could be incorporated there to teach the next generation a curriculum that includes responsible stewardship.
We certainly could see the potential for this to be a great feather in a battered cap. Wouldn't it be nice for Detroit to be able to say they're number one in something other than bad football?