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Ras
01-13-2009, 07:23 AM
I don't know about your city (or your closest inner city) but we have major problem w/ vacant land. I.E., There can be a street where there used to be 20 homes on a block. Now it can be 1 or 2. Well, some are proposing urban farming, forestry as possible solution. I know friends who are doing urban farming in my city. So this might work in yours if you have this problem.
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Here is part of an article on the topic:


A recent article focused on a very real Detroit issue: abandoned industrial prairie ("Detroit: Land of opportunity; acres of barren blocks offer chance to reinvent city," Dec. 15). Do we continue to surround the core of the city with growing post-apocalyptic wasteland, or do we come up with a plan to actually do something? The time is now to seize the opportunity and demonstrate forward leadership to come up with a simple but realistic plan that Detroit can sign up to.

My plan is simple. Detroit develops an urban planning/forestry committee that re-maps the city into viable neighborhood zones and new reforested zones. This committee then redraws the city into new, connecting, viable neighborhood-zoned areas that function more economically and cohesively for the city's population.

The committee establishes a formula to evaluate each block of the city.

Aesthetically you would have a city surrounded by a forest, not empty, blighted, houses, trash or flat gray landscape. The trees would increase the city's air quality. The city would save money and increase the efficiency of services with a smaller footprint for police, fire, busing and schools. Combining realistic development, neighborhood gardens, parks and the rezoning of the city into viable neighborhood and reforested zones, could change not only our map but the national image of Detroit.

other articles on the subject:

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009901100326

http://freep.com/article/20081215/NEWS01/812150342

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009901040308

Wes Pendleton
01-13-2009, 09:19 AM
I don't know about your city (or your closest inner city) but we have major problem w/ vacant land. I.E., There can be a street where there used to be 20 homes on a block. Now it can be 1 or 2.

You should go to Baltimore some time...:err:

Ras
01-13-2009, 10:23 AM
You should go to Baltimore some time...:err:

probably no new homes will be built there (especially with the economic crisis) and it's probably just a bleek place. The city (including the church) needs to figure out what they could do with that. Farming and or forestry is def. a way to bring hope back.