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Well, That's Helping Detroit, I'm Sure...
« on: May 11, 2010, 12:40:19 PM »
Susana Adame in 'CiF' thinks that the headlines predicting doom and gloom for Detroit are not helping:

Nobody I know in Detroit is happy about such headlines. I mentioned Requiem for Detroit? to several different groups of people I work, organise and am friends with, and got universal disgust.

Is Detroit that bad? Well, the city's collection of once grand, now abandoned houses, documented at David Thompson's blog, tells the tale.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no shortage of organising for change in Detroit. Even Requiem recognised this by pointing to the urban gardening system that Detroit is growing famous for. These gardens came about as a community-driven response to the lack of grocery stores in Detroit (there is not one major grocery chain, although a regional grocery chain recently announced that it would begin construction soon) and an overwhelming number of burned-out, abandoned lots in the city.

Hmmm, burned out lots, grocery stores unwilling to come to the city, sounds awful. Who is to blame for this, then?

After the city refused to clean up or maintain them, local people took them over and built garden plots on them.
Oh. Of course. It's 'the city'.

Not the people, although Susana wants to claim credit for the other people doing something to alleviate it.

What people does she blame, anyway? ...

Read the rest and see the 'punchline' here