A 140-acre forest is about to materialize in the middle of Detroit
Sarah Goodyear / October 29, 2013 / www.theatlanticcities.com
A project to turn 1,500 vacant lots in Detroit into an urban forest is now underway. Hantz Farms has bought more than 140 acres of land to create the forest and has committed to cleaning up garbage and clearing derelict structures, planting 15,000 trees, and mowing regularly. The plan has met with opposition from grassroots urban farmers and community activists, who argue that it is intended to drive up land values by taking a large amount of land off the market. Sarah Goodyear at The Atlantic Cities takes a closer look at the Hantz Woodlands plan and controversy surrounding it.