(William Livingstone House, Detroit, by DecoJim)
Hantz Farms has said they plan to utilize over 5,000 acres of land within Detroit city limits for what will essentially be classified as urban farming. That's just over 5% of the city's land area destined to return to vegetation. Financier John Hantz has put $30m of his own money towards the project, which will start small with only around 30 acres. This is welcome news to the area, which boasts a 17.7% unemployment rate.
Coverage in LA Times
Also of interest, an in depth look at the Michigan Central Depot on forgottendetroit.com, which has been sitting unused since 1988.