Vegetables are a currency. Motorcity has become Growtown? While there are no exact figures, City-officials estimate there being over 900 urban lots used to grow produce.
Off all other places, this is happening in the city that, like no other city was
the motor of the industrialization in the US. Of whose assembly lines, Ford spread the T-Model
and Mustangs into the world. The city, which then became known for its murder rate, trailer parks, Eminem and 50Cent.
The Detroit of today is only a faded decal of its own past. 2009 Detroit was about to collapse: 30 percent unemployment, more than 33,000 vacant, weathered, crumbling houses. Of the 1,8 million people once living in detroit, there is only about 700.000 left. Since all the supermarkets have moved to the suburbs, the people living in Downtown now harvest their own cucumbers, pick their tomatoes and cast their lettuce. The farmers themselves are not to be mixed up with the urban gardeners from the lifestyle magazines. In Detroit, the growing of vegetables is no trend of Bigcity-Hipsters that grow their own tomatoes on the balcony. It is born out of necessity and has become a subsistancial part of many peoples economy.
A lot of people from downtown simply can not afford to drive to the suburbs and buy expensive vegetable and fruit.
For SZ-Magazin, 2011