Another gem via Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution: Aaron Renn of the NewGeography.com writes about urban regeneration in Detroit in his article entitled Detroit: Urban Laboratory and the New American Frontier This article is worth reading for the images and metrics alone. And it's not to be missed, if you're curious about urban farming movements, the 'shrinking cities' movement, and rust belt chic.
Here is one particularly memorable quotation from Renn's hopeful yet, oft depressing, article:
About 80 percent of the residents of Detroit buy their food at the one thousand convenience stores, party stores, liquor stores, and gas stations in the city. There is such a dire shortage of protein in the city that Glemie Dean Beasley, a seventy-year-old retired truck driver, is able to augment his Social Security by selling raccoon carcasses (twelve dollars a piece, serves a family of four) from animals he has treed and shot at undisclosed hunting grounds around the city. Pelts are ten dollars each. Pheasants are also abundant in the city and are occasionally harvested for dinner.
Read the full article here.