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Can the World’s Largest Urban Farm Save Detroit?

November 19, 2013
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Can the World’s Largest Urban Farm Save Detroit?
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The massive farm area is the largest project of its type

In developing the “world’s largest urban farm,” Detroit is taking steps toward solving issues of blight and food access. Its deserted neighborhoods were signs of hopelessness and despair, but Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and businessman John Hantz have collaborated to create Hantz Woodlands, a private urban farming business that spans 150 acres. The massive farm area is the largest project of its type and can help reduce the Detroit metro area’s increasing food insecurity problem. The initiative isn’t without detractors, though, as the large private effort is dislocating some residents with low levels of compensation. The city council approved the development by a 5–4 vote, while a survey showed that 90% of people who live in nearby farming areas support the effort.

 

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