Big Ideas Take Hold of Detroit

The American dream is alive and well in Detroit, as artists, urban farmers, and intellectuals see opportunity.
November 10, 2009, 2pm PST | Alek Miller
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"The fact that Urban Farming moved to Detroit is exactly the effect I'm talking about. To anyone with aspirations in this area, it is Detroit that offers the greatest opportunity to make your mark. It is the ultimate blank canvas. For urban agriculture and many other alternative urban dreams, it is Detroit, not New York City that is the ultimate arena in which to prove yourself."

"This piece also highlights the absolutely crucial advantage of Detroit. It's possible to do things there. In Detroit, the incapacity of the government is actually an advantage in many cases. There's not much chance a strong city government could really turn the place around, but it could stop the grass roots revival in its tracks."

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Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in New Geography
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