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Detroit officials consider turning land into areas for farming

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Some areas of Detroit may be converted into farmland.
Some areas of Detroit may be converted into farmland.

A city that once produced farm equipment may end up converting some of its land into areas where people can produce food.

According to a recent article from the Associated Press, officials in Detroit are considering turning some of the city's abandoned areas into land that can be used for farming. The concept was first considered about 20 years ago and is getting another look as the city tries to cope with the effects of economic recession.

"Near downtown, fruit trees and vegetable farms would replace neighborhoods that are an eerie landscape of empty buildings and vacant lots," the AP said. "Suburban commuters heading into the city center might pass through what looks like the countryside to get there."

However, the plan does make some residents feel worried, the report said. Some people who live in the areas that could be targeted by the plan may not want to leave their homes, which they have occupied for some time.

Other efforts to try and revitalize the economy of the city were discussed recently during a summit hosted by the Brookings Institution and Time Inc. Along with Bing, members of a number of organizations gathered at the College of Creative Studies, which is located in the city's downtown area.

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