Perhaps it's just me, but every time I look at Corine's photographs, I don't think I see what the rest of the country sees in Detroit. I see land becoming prairie and spreading. Old homes being knocked down and re-claimed by nature - I'm sorry but I happen to think it's becoming naturally beautiful - and I think Corine has captured that face of Detroit. If this spreads, and I think it will, Detroit will once again look as it did 100-plus years ago. One thing Detroit has going for it - the city is HUGE. Sidewalks to nowhere become sidewalks that can encircle a garden. In my view, every abandoned, bull-dozed piece of land has the potential of feeding the whole neighborhood and re-creating a community. One suburbanite's idea: Can/will the City of Detroit pay back its citizens (and taxpayers) by creating a department used specifically for plowing land and helping in the creation of community gardens? Taxpayers (and I am one) would go for this in a heartbeat! My tax dollars to help Detroit bloom - there's something I'd agree to. Children love to garden. Seniors are experienced in just about everything that requires stretching a dollar and there is nothing more beautiful than land.
As captured by Corine Smith at Corinesmith.com - this is not desolate land. This is what comes before - and it is gorgeous in its potential to bloom again.