Gallery: Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Movement Could Help ‘Green’ the Ci...

 
In 1989 Detroit's residents formed the organization Greening of Detroit, an inspiring project originally established in order to improve the city's suffering ecosystem. Following a mass urban expansion in the last century an estimated 500,000 trees were lost to concrete and buildings. In response this not for profit was created with the idea of reforesting the city.

Often dubbed a “shrinking city”, Detroit has been plagued by urban decay and is known for its vacant houses and abandoned plots of land. But in some areas local residents are reinventing the urban landscape and attempting to “green” the city. Back in 1989, the organization Greening of Detroit was formed with the goal of improving the city’s suffering ecosystem. After the mass urban expansion in the last century where an estimated 500,000 trees were lost to concrete and buildings, this nonprofit had the idea of reforesting the city. Now agricultural initiatives, environmental education schemes, and community buildings are flourishing, and many open spaces are being reclaimed for planting and farming projects across the city.

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