Vision for Remaking Detroit Comes Into Focus

John Gallagher provides an update on the elements being considered for remaking the city's neighborhoods by Mayor Dave Bing's Detroit Works long-term planning team.

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May 11, 2012, 10:00 AM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


Urban farms, gardens, and reforestation are among the menu of options being considered for Detroit's vacant properties and underutilized neighborhoods by the Detroit Works technical team. 

According to Gallagher, "Some areas, such as the city's Indian Village or Palmer Woods
neighborhoods, might continue to thrive as areas of single-family
residences. Other districts suffering considerable vacancy might
transition to what the team calls 'green residential,' a mix of homes
and small community gardens or parks. Still
other neighborhoods that are almost entirely abandoned might be used
for reforestation or experimental fields where sunflowers and other
plants could be used to detoxify contaminated land."

"But some skepticism remained about how many of the good ideas will
become policy in the cash-strapped city, and how many might ever be
carried out."

"The team is expected to produce a final report by late summer, offering
options for residents and civic leaders to consider rather than strict
recommendations about what should happen where."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Detroit Free Press

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