From metropolis to rural escape
What on earth could have brought officials in Detroit to the idea of changing the entire city into a farmland? Well, if you’ve following the news for months now, there are hardly any investments pouring in the foreclosure-ridden city. With industrial plants closing down one by one and locals fleeing the area to relocate and settle for other careers, there’s nothing much to expect from the place… except that turning it into an agricultural profit hauler someday can succor the city. The Associated Press explains, “The current plan would demolish about 10,000 houses and empty buildings in three years and pump new investment into stronger neighborhoods. In the neighborhoods that would be cleared, the city would offer to relocate residents or buy them out. The city could use tax foreclosure to claim abandoned property and invoke eminent domain for those who refuse to leave, much as cities now do for freeway projects. The mayor has begun lobbying Washington for support, and in January, Detroit was awarded $40.8 million for renewal work. The federally funded Detroit Housing Commission supports Bing’s plan.”
This is a very interesting proposal if you ask me. A semi-rural transformation brought about by the recession 21st-century style is nothing ordinary. In fact, seeing Detroit this way instead of an industrial ghost town is much more pleasing to the eye, don’t you think? They need a radical plan that will change existing housing inventory into a rural area that may not be at par during its industrial heydays but certainly more humane than today’s condition.
But this wouldn’t come easy unless a concrete plan must be put in place in the entire transformation. That means the city officials must employ highly qualified urban planners to will still strategically locate neighborhoods in a rural society. They also have to take into consideration the gradual shift that shall be brought to residents and new homeowners. It will certainly be not embraced by everyone but by providing jobs in agriculture, they may realize the alternative to manufacturing jobs that were wiped out in the past years.
Who would have thought that those decades after industrial expansion, Detroit would find its way back to agriculture and perhaps, have its residents try hard labor with the use of their green thumbs?