Spotted on my run: a lovely community garden on an open lot. There are a lot (no pun intended) of these cropping up all over Detroit, especially now that people can buy cleared side lots adjacent to their homes for only $100. It’s remarkable how willing the Land Bank has been to move quickly on bold new ideas that have a direct impact on communities. 

Fun fact: apparently sunflowers clean the soil from contaminants like lead that have leeched into soil under old houses. Meaning in another growing season (or several) the soil could again be safe for growing food!


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