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PostSubject: Investors Are Buying up Detroit and Turning it into Farmland   Wed 31 Mar 2010, 2:28 pm

Investors are buying up Detroit and turning it into farmland
By: Ethan Huff
Sun, 28 Mar 2010

Source: Natural News


A once-bustling mecca of American industry, Detroit, Michigan today lies mostly in blight and ruin. An empty shell of what it once was, "Motor City" has become largely abandoned with the crumbling of the American automobile industry and other once-domestic manufacturing industries that have otherwise outsourced to China. However a handful of investors hope to bring recovery to Detroit by bringing back the industry which began the city in the first place: farming.

Michael Score, president of Hantz Farms, has begun purchasing abandoned properties around the city in order to turn them into commercial farming operations. His company plans to obtain as much as 5,000 acres within the city limits to use for growing organic vegetables for food and trees and shrubs for biofuels. His company has other agricultural projects that it wishes to pursue as well.

With his initial investment of $30 million just two years ago, Hantz hopes to take full advantage of the fertile land within the city. Next spring, his company plans to begin growing crops on 30 acres of land and has plans in the works for other nearby parcels.

Because many of the parcels are too small for what usually suits a farm, Score and his team will convert many of the plots into smaller "pods" that grow specialized crops. Depending upon the condition of the land, what structures are present, and what chemicals had been used there, Hantz Farms plans to tailor the spaces for suitable purposes.

Old houses, factories, and warehouses that would otherwise be torn down are being converted into greenhouses and hydroponic growing fields. Land previously contaminated with chemicals and other waste byproducts is being used to grow trees for biofuels. Empty lots with fertile soil are being converted into vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens.

With an unemployment rate that has topped 20 percent or more depending on how it is calculated, Mayor Dave Bing has said the figures are even more grim with more than half of the city's able workers either unemployed or underemployed, making Detroit the perfect place for modern farming startups to flourish.

More than 125,000 property parcels in Detroit are either vacant or abandoned. Most of the city's remaining residents shop at gas stations and convenient stores because the city proper is devoid of any major grocery store chains. All these factors and more render Detroit prime real estate for the farming boon that is quickly gaining ground there.*


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*Which clearly indicates that Americans will Fight to restore America AND her economy *IF* allowed to, i.e. not interfered with.


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PostSubject: Re: Investors Are Buying up Detroit and Turning it into Farmland   Thu 01 Apr 2010, 6:09 pm

Hudson said we're transitioning into an Agricultural subsistence economy, a sort of neo-fuedalism. Well, it certainly looks like it.

On another point, It just baffles my mind how people can mention the destruction of the American Auto industry and fail to understand or present the primary cause of this destruction: GATT, which was passed in 1995 under Clinton.

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PostSubject: Re: Investors Are Buying up Detroit and Turning it into Farmland   Thu 01 Apr 2010, 6:17 pm

C1 wrote:
Hudson said we're transitioning into an Agricultural subsistence economy, a sort of neo-fuedalism. Well, it certainly looks like it.

On another point, It just baffles my mind how people can mention the destruction of the American Auto industry and fail to understand or present the primary cause of this destruction: GATT, which was passed in 1995 under Clinton.

Very interesting points!

Will respond later, for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Investors Are Buying up Detroit and Turning it into Farmland   Fri 02 Apr 2010, 12:05 am

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Hudson said we're transitioning into an Agricultural subsistence economy, a sort of neo-fuedalism. Well, it certainly looks like it.
I agree, it looks just like that. The forces arrayed against this country's well-being are formidable, as you know, IP--and I don't know what the answer is to that. We need divine intervention at this point, if such were possible.
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On another point, It just baffles my mind how people can mention the destruction of the American Auto industry and fail to understand or present the primary cause of this destruction: GATT, which was passed in 1995 under Clinton.
Yes, and I remember thinking at that time that this was a scary mistake we were making, and also Pat Buchanan, I recall, warned very strongly against allowing it to happen. BUT....*shrug*...America was asleep, deeply, and never knew what hit her thereafter...right? I'm afraid the enemy who's been against us for all these years, and committed to our destruction, has been too clever for us, I'm sorry to say.

The times are very strange, are they not? I feel as though I'm living in a very dark fantasy...
Perhaps a miracle or two will come our way, though...that'd be quite wonderful. :-)


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PostSubject: Re: Investors Are Buying up Detroit and Turning it into Farmland   Fri 02 Apr 2010, 1:47 am

I liked Hudsons speeches so far that I have listened to but yet he still supports taxes or talks about other ways to tax which is to say using FORCE.
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PostSubject: Detroit is Moving Forward   Fri 14 May 2010, 8:40 pm


  • Frriday, May 14, 2010




U.S. NEWS
MAY 14, 2010
Detroit Shrinks Itself, Historic Homes and All


By ALEX P. KELLOGG


DETROIT—Wrecking crews are preparing to tear down a landmark 5,000-square-foot house in the posh neighborhood of Palmer Woods in the coming weeks, a sign that Detroit is finally getting serious about razing thousands of vacant and abandoned structures across the city.

In leveling 1860 Balmoral Drive, the boyhood home of one-time presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Detroit is losing a small piece of its history. But the project is part of a demolition effort that is just now gaining momentum and could help define the city's future.

Detroit is finally chipping away at a glut of abandoned homes that has been piling up for decades, and intends to take advantage of warm weather and new federal funding to demolish some 3,000 buildings by the end of September.
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Mitt Romney's boyhood home is among 3,000 derelict structures Detroit plans to demolish by the end of September as it attacks blight and crime.






Mayor Dave Bing has pledged to knock down 10,000 structures in his first term as part of a nascent plan to "right-size" Detroit, or reconfigure the city to reflect its shrinking population.
When it's all over, said Karla Henderson, director of the Detroit Building Department, "There's going to be a lot of empty space."

Mr. Bing hasn't yet fully articulated his ultimate vision for what comes after demolition, but he has said entire areas will have to be rebuilt from the ground up. For now, his plan calls for the tracts to be converted to other uses, such as parks or farms.

Even when the demolitions are complete, Detroit will still have a huge problem on its hands. The city has roughly 90,000 abandoned or vacant homes and residential lots, according to Data Driven Detroit, a nonprofit that tracks demographic data for the city.

After a stuttering start, caused by a dispute over the disposal of asbestos from demolished homes, the program is just now gaining pace.

City officials say they aren't sure how many structures ultimately need to be torn down. The mortgage crisis compounded Detroit's economic decline, leaving nearly 30% of the city's housing stock vacant, according to Data Driven Detroit.
"Neighborhoods that are considered stable are now at 20% vacancy," said Deborah Younger, a development consultant involved in the demolition effort.

Until recently, the city didn't have the funds to tackle its growing list of houses slated for demolition. But $20 million in federal funds, primarily stimulus dollars has helped to kick-start the effort.

Demolition, particularly of historic buildings, is a sensitive issue in Detroit, often leading to wrenching battles between developers, residents, city officials and preservationists. But many residents are now pleading with the city to tear down decaying structures that are attracting crime and repelling home buyers. However, some still worry that the sort of large-scale bulldozing that the city is now talking about will forcibly dislocate longtime homeowners and preclude any chance of a comeback for Detroit.

"The city has never done this before," says Ms. Henderson, the Building Department chief. "We had to make a culture change."

The demolition of the Romney family home is the first of its kind in Palmer Woods, a high-end enclave in northwest Detroit that was developed at the dawn of the U.S. auto industry and housed many of its pioneers. Palmer Woods has just a handful of vacant properties among its 292 homes, according to residents. It's one of the anchor neighborhoods that is critical to the success of Mayor Bing's right-sizing effort.

Alex P. Kellogg at alex.kellogg@wsj.com
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