How cities are reinventing themselves in the realm of the newly popular green (read: eco-conscious) movement is an innovation that many cities around the world are now pursuing. Especially cities that have lost their former economic roles due to a changing technology, global trends, or have fallen victim to globalization itself. One such place is America’s Motor City, Detroit, in Michigan.
Large pockets of its inner city have abandoned, inviting all sorts of crime and unpleasant realities. All due a changing automobile market, and the shifting of production to other areas across the US and overseas. Jobs and hopes have left with them.
Now there is a new move to revitalize the urban blight, through a novel idea of Urban Farming. Converting abandoned and unused areas into farming areas (make that gardens!). There were over 60 gardens in 2008 alone. A grassroots movement initiated by a few local community leaders, and now gaining momentum. Here’s a look at a documentary on this new urban phenomena.
Detroit has been so successful with this program that it is today considered as a leading authority on Urban Farming.
Proof that returning back to our agrarian roots has its rewards, where urban revitalization and sustainability make a perfect pair!
Tree Media is producing Urban Roots, an insightful documentary on the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. The film is directed by Mark McInnis, a Detroit native. Urban Roots is timely given the collapse of the US auto industry and the need to move toward a sustainable future. Urban Roots just wrapped up shooting in Detroit and is in post production. We launched the Urban Roots Action Website that will network the urban farming movement.
Inspiration: 11th Hour Action