Weekly Snapshot: Imagining Detroit

BY ANIKA JESI
May 20, 2011
Farnsworth Community Garden, Detroit, MI. Photo by flickr user Angela Anderson-Cobb.

Mark Bittman of the New York Times calls Detroit a model of "self-reliance and growth," citing the residents ability to look within the city for solutions to challenges posed by a shrinking population. The key to Detroit's recent successes, Bittman argues, is food. The city's food system is integrated with a sense of justice, community, and a commitment to smart land use that unifies residents across race and socioeconomic boundaries. "If the journey is as important as the destination, Detroit is already succeeding," Bittman suggests.

Read full story at the New York Times

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