Promoting Urban Agriculture as an Alternative Land Use for Vacant Properties in the City of Detroit: Benefits, Problems, and Proposals for a Regulatory Framework for Successful Land Use Integration

Wayne Law Review 56: 1521–1580, 2010


Urban Agriculture

This article makes the case that Detroit should actively promote the development of urban agriculture within its boundaries to boost the local economy, improve health, and help revitalize the city. It describes the economic, societal, and environmental benefits of urban agriculture, discusses problems related to urban agriculture and regulation, and enumerates best practices. It examines economic incentives to promote agriculture within the city, and makes recommendations for amendments to the city's master plan and zoning ordinance to better support urban agricultural activities.