Comment on “How Free is Life in Detroit?”

So, I’m putting my comment here because I’m unable to comment on the actual post. This can be changed by going to the post, clicking “Edit,” then going to “More Options” on the left-hand toolbar, then scrolling down and checking the “Allow Comments” box. I tried to do this with my own post (as well as this comment), but I don’t know if it worked. Anyways…

Alex, I had the opportunity to hear El-Sayed speak when I was in Detroit over spring break. He showed us a similar presentation with the convenience stores and talked about the lack of car ownership despite the fact that Detroit was a city designed for car-owners. I stayed in a house in the Boston-Edison (BE) district, a neighborhood of huge, once-great mansions that the likes of Henry Ford and Ty Cobb lived in. With the advent of the automobile, many residents of BE left for the suburbs, and this neighborhood was abandoned in the 20s and 30s, even before the white flight after the ’67 riots. Your post, especially the title, really made me consider how the freedom of Detroiters today, even the freedom to simply go from place to place, can be very limited. There’s a crappy bus system, and that’s about it. With the vast majority of citizens lacking access to a car, they have to rely on what’s close: convenience stores and fast food. I wonder, what do you think of the urban farming movement? Will it revive the food deserts of Detroit?

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