26 May '11, 6pm

NRDC: Detroit faces up to a smaller future #cities

A few blocks away, on Waveney Avenue, the idea of answered prayers or healed land seems like a cruel jest. The concrete squares of a sidewalk have been pulverized by frost and swallowed by encroaching weeds. In a desiccated field of milkweed and aster a house has been reduced to a heap of charred lumber and shattered glass. Another is flame-gutted, its vinyl siding melted beneath a blackened window. All that remains of a long row of neighboring homes are evenly spaced middens of rubble, overgrown by thickets of buckthorn and mulberry. The only sign of recent human endeavor is the road itself, the fresh blacktop laid down by some municipal entity with the Sisyphean task of maintaining a street grid that has long outlasted its utility. The only person visible is a man struggling with a shopping cart weighed down by a fire hydrant. Even among Detroit’s ruins there is some spi...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/motown-revival

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