The city of Detroit is starting to follow other cities like Flint and has plans to tear down the massive swaths of empty run-down homes that cover much of it’s city and replace them with parkland and fields. They’re going to spend millions tearing down the homes and replanting trees- to which I say “what took you so long?”
I lived in Windsor (aka “South Detroit”) for about four and a half years, and during that time made many trips to Detroit during the 90’s. It was a mess then, and is apparently even a bigger mess now that it’s lost more than half its former population. Something had to be done, and I agree with this choice both because the city simply needed to shrink, and it’s great to see desolated urban blight becoming living fields again. Sure, they’re going to have a big problem with hidden pockets of toxic waste and lord knows what else they’ll uncover during the restoration, but in the end it’s a worthwhile project that will see humanity treating the earth as it should.
I grew up next to a woodland park, and spent most of my childhood there, and I’m hoping that future generation of Detroiters will get to have the same experience.