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Richard Florida Says Detroit Should Focus on Preservation, Community Building

Richard Florida is skeptical of plans to clear neighborhoods in Detroit to create urban farms. In an Atlantic video interview, he suggests that the city capitalize on its strengths — building on the base of Wayne State University (and the other nearby state universities in Lansing and Ann Arbor) and working with the city’s remaining corporations and human capital to create new employment. He also suggests a a bottom up, neighborhood by neighborhood revitalization through historic preservation and adaptive reuse of land by community development corporations, foundations and others. Florida appears to be referring to urban farming in terms of large scale operations, but perhaps urban farming on a smaller scale could be part of this adaptive reuse he describes — and in a manner that is line with a community-driven approach. A short ad appears before the interview:

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