Bad economy could be good for urban nature
The Obama Administration is reportedly considering a program called “Shrink to Survive,” which would selectively bulldoze blocks of abandoned real estate in 50 economically depressed US cities and replace them with parks, forest and meadows. The plan is based on a downsizing scheme in Flint, Michigan–once the home of General Motors–where citizens are already advocating the use of vacant lots as community gardens. We’ll count it as an upside to this down economy that even generally thriving cities now saddled with vacant lots are considering their conversion into green space.
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