An initiative already blossoming in Detroit - reclaiming some of the abandoned land for community gardens.
This incredible, truely grass-roots movement already taking place in Detroit takes advantage of quite a rare opportunity (accessible urban real estate) to promote local produce, a sense of community and good heath. What started as a garden in an abandoned adjacent lot has caught the attention and support of not only the wider community, but local municipalities, global NGOs, and the US government.
Problem is, as the scale of these projects grow beyond a few plants in a carpark, serious questions of civil engineering are raised. If this idea is as good as it looks, how do we get around the many potential pitfalls of inner-city farming?