Could the saddest city in the land be the best place for landscape architects?

Everybody’s got a great idea and a good many of us are drawn to landscape architecture because of the opportunity to fix problems that evolved from development patterns over the last century.  But  there are titanic forces aligned to keep those patterns repeating and with little tolerance for new ideas.   But not in Detroit. According to this article, America’s tail pipe is so unencumbered by bureaucracy it has become a dreamscape for urban farmer’s and the like…

“…the incapacity of the government is actually an advantage in many cases. There’s not much chance a strong city government could really turn the place around, but it could stop the grass roots revival in its tracks.”

via Detroit: Urban Laboratory and the New American Frontier.