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Got 20 Minutes? Check Out The Motor City

Eight years ago, EPA selected Detroit as the site for its Brownfields Conference and the question might have been, why? The city of 677,000 was in a state of decay that it left very little for attendees to do in the evening other than perhaps plot strategies on how to arrest decay and revitalize a once-proud metropolitan stronghold. In 2008, that was the lull before the smart-growth storm that has now come to epitomize Detroit, which is now marked by community gardens, bike paths crisscrossing the city's grid and plans to convert wasteland into a forest of 50,000 trees. What works in its favor is Detroit is a city that was built for 2 million people, according to the Detroit Greenways Coalition. They built interstates and then 1.3 million people left. At present, most roads in Detroit are ideal for biking. One of the smart-growth triumphs is the Eastern Market,…Log In to Read Full Article

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