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Old 04-25-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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Default $100 million MSU initiative for Urban Farming in Detroit

Michigan State proposes 100-acre, $100-million urban-farming research center in Detroit
Michigan State proposes 100-acre, $100-million urban-farming research center in Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Thought would share this with you all and hear your comments on it. Seems like this can change quite a bit in Detroit, which it really needs.. what do you all think?
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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I thnk it is a dream ad more sensationalization. They have no plans to spend $100 million, but plan to start small, and seem unlikely to start at all. It is a trendy jump on the bandwagon move, and the trendy focus will likely change long before this gets off the ground.

It appears to be meeting with the typical Detroit response to outside help. "If it is not entirely and exclusively in the control of Black people, we do not want it. You are trying to take over OUR city"

How dare they try to bring in a bunch of white people and grow food for Detroit residents. Thats awful.

If it ever gets off the ground, it certainly could be good for the city. Even on a small scale, it cannot hurt to have some use for the empty lots. Of course being a public university, I am not sure they pay taxes. If not, it may eventaully become a detriment to the City.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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Turning the city into farm land while at the same time turning farm land into city does not make a whole lot of sense to me.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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In case some newbies don't know, this is what MSU does.
Hatch Act of 1887 laid foundation for AgBioResearch Centers*| College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Here is a large experimental farm near Fennville, loved by deer and other critters. Zoomable if anybody's interested.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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Just more evidence that trying to accomplish anything in Detroit is like banging your head against a brick wall.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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I think its awesome. I also don't see it as some fad that will pass. People are already doing this in Detroit. I also think its much better to teach people how to grow their own food rather than just give them food (processed garbage that makes you sick). Its a positive thing and I can't fathom why anyone would complain or see something negative in it.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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I think its awesome. I also don't see it as some fad that will pass. People are already doing this in Detroit. I also think its much better to teach people how to grow their own food rather than just give them food (processed garbage that makes you sick). Its a positive thing and I can't fathom why anyone would complain or see something negative in it.
Any normal, forward-thinking person would agree - welcome to the Detroit forums.
I think it's good for our universities to contribute to the region and get involved in the city's technological future - but as you see, others don't think so.
The "vertical agriculture" (multi-story farms), cited in this article and in a previous thread, may be the wave of the future.

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Old 04-30-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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I think its awesome. I also don't see it as some fad that will pass. People are already doing this in Detroit. I also think its much better to teach people how to grow their own food rather than just give them food (processed garbage that makes you sick). Its a positive thing and I can't fathom why anyone would complain or see something negative in it.
Because they see it as someone else's plan being foisted on them by outsiders.

It appears that some people would rather fail on their own than succeed with help.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Because they see it as someone else's plan being foisted on them by outsiders.

It appears that some people would rather fail on their own than succeed with help.
Does that mean they would rather live in the deplorable condition they have been for awhile now but would not welcome any good plan? To me, this is an excellent plan, to keep things moving in addition to the basic need of providing fresh food to the locals. I do not see any flaw in this plan...
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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This plan should only be supported if the land reverts back to the City once the farm fails. Otherwise, I see this as nothing more than a plot by investors to scoop up acres of land on the cheap with the hopes of flipping it within the next 50 years.
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