08 Dec '11, 11am

The New Agtivist: Edith Floyd is making a Detroit urban farm, empty lot by empty lot via @grist

The New Agtivist: Edith Floyd is making a Detroit urban farm, empty lot by empty lot via @grist

Yeah, when I came it was beautiful -- there were grocery stores in the center, like in the middle of the neighborhood, but when the city came though here and bought everything up, they said [they were going to] enlarge the city airport. They bought up three and four blocks of houses and then left the rest of them there. They came in and ruined our neighborhood, and said they ran out of money and left us over here like that. I'm still here and I'm gonna stay here, 'cause I don't want to go somewhere and start all over again. I don't think I'd be able to pay for another house, and this one is already paid for. There was like 66 houses on this block, and now [there are] about six that people live in, and three need to be torn down, and the rest of it is empty. That's where I'm putting my farm on, all the lots. [Editor's note: some are calling this practice "blotting." Here's ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/urban-agriculture/2011-12-08-new-agt...

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