05 Mar '12, 1pm

Beyond ‘ruin porn’: Film gives farm’s-eye view of Detroit

Beyond ‘ruin porn’: Film gives farm’s-eye view of Detroit

Urban farms are becoming an integral part of Detroit's landscape. (Photo by Urban Roots Film; click to enlarge.) What happens to a post-industrial city? How does it revive itself amidst the ruins of a disappearing way of life? In Detroit, modern America’s favorite example of urban decay, the auto industry left behind pockets of resilience: “Growtown ” is full of urban farms flourishing in backyards and abandoned lots, like wildflowers sprouting from the ash of a charred forest. Detroiters have practiced urban agriculture for decades, but the city’s economic decline — which has been dragging on since long before the worldwide financial collapse in 2008 — serves as a catalyst for gardening’s explosive growth in this town that most of the country still sees as a poster child for inner-city ruin. Urban Roots , a documentary playing at the San Francisco Green Film Festival on T...

Full article: http://grist.org/urban-agriculture/beyond-ruin-porn-film-...

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