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Detroit’s Growing Greening Efforts

Once again, we should be taking cues from Detroit’s ambitious plans to ‘green’ areas of the city that are aesthetically distressed. An initiative called Greening of Detroit plans on planting tens of thousands of trees in targeted areas that will help to bring about pride and trigger investments. In November, I pointed to this article that showed the value of urban farming initiatives in Detroit. Now these additional greening efforts will piggyback on those initiatives. You can read about the most recent greening plans in Detroit Free Press.

The City of Buffalo continues to hint that the East Side is ready for grassroots, public and private investment. Maybe it’s time to get Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH), Riverkeeper (rain gardens), Grassroots Gardens, Farmer Pirates, eco_logic STUDIO, SRG of Buffalo, The Foundry, GObike Buffalo, Designing to Live Sustainably and Artfarms together, to formulate a short term and long term plan to create a sustainable green model for key neighborhoods on the East Side.

Photo: Greening of Detroit

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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