Urban Planet: Detroit’s 40 Square Miles of Vacant Land

Urban Planet is a daily roundup of  blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

It’s well known that Detroit has experienced a large population decline leaving large swaths of land abandoned. The oft cited number is 40 square miles. But as Kate Davidson at Changing Gears reports, nobody is quite sure where that number came from. New assessments suggest that the figure includes the city’s extensive park space, cemeteries and roads. While Detroit still faces challenges related to unused spaces roughly equivalent to the size of Manhattan, it seems the figures that the city’s own planners are using may have been inflated.

Image from Andy Krupp

For more stories from around the planet, check out Spacing on Facebook and Twitter.  Do you have an Urban Planet worthy article you’d like to share? Send the link to urbanplanet@spacing.ca

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *