Massive farm to create new “agri-city” inside deserted Detroit

A 26 square-mile farm is being developed within the deserted city limits of Detroit, MI.

The farm, developed by multimillionaire John Hantz, has aims to use the much-touted deserted land within Detroit’s city limits to create a massive agricultural operation that plans to sell to the entire Eastern seabord.

Will it help the destitute remaining within the shambles of this once-magnificent city? The folk at this meal-valuing blog are skeptical.

"Some of Detroit is simply too broken to fix. Some of Detroit is simply too broken to fix....."

However, it’s a development worth watching. Can you picture how big twenty-six square miles actually is? Well, I tried. It’s 20,000 acres, is about 1/8th of the entire Detroit acreage, is equivalent in size to a sizable North American town/small city (such as Trois-Rivieres, QC), and is being touted by its developers, not shockingly, as they “world’s largest urban farm”.

Odd to live at this juncture in history…

Some quotes from the official website:

“The city of Detroit is a ‘food desert’ without a single supermarket chain in the city limits…The crops on Hantz Farm will help bring healthy, nutritious food back to Detroit families.”

“Some of Detroit is simply too broken to fix. Hantz Farms solution? Take away the pavement, the concrete and the asphalt, and put Detroiters back in touch with the beauty of nature.”

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2 thoughts on “Massive farm to create new “agri-city” inside deserted Detroit

  1. Detroit is the stage for all the new things that might emerge in North America! It’s like a well-situated desert, waiting to be paited over with dreams… I dont’ know if this farm will just be another mega-entreprise, but it’s worth watching for!

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