CNN is highlighting the way ex-industrial wasteland in Detroit is turning into an urban agriculture hotspot.
On the right side of Detroit has more of a neighborhood nightlife than it used to. Who would’ve thought?
That’s another way of saying this neighborhood has grown out of a heap of garbage.
It is a byproduct of an abandoned Detroit garbage dump. That landfill was nicknamed the Big Dipper, literally the dipper, after the top of the dump.
Recycling company Waste Management removed most of the garbage and donated it to a community garden. It remains a place where people can grow food and flowers. Now the community would like to try growing something else.
Detroit is known for its decay and population decline. As a result, the National Register of Historic Places has included the Big Dipper. If this process continues, that may change. The city’s historic designation will allow for future renovation efforts and community cleanups to make the Big Dipper into a prized space.
Detroit has a long way to go. In June, the city saw 877 murders.