Dessantis, Laura (2017) Detroit: dalla crisi agli eseprimenti di rinascita. Doctoral Thesis.
The gradual dissolution of the Fordist production system since the 1970s, has entailed a complete reorganization of many European and American cities, especially where industrial experience has had a major impact on the economic, social and territorial aspects. The city of Detroit is the most recent case in time that shows the effects of the city's industry crisis, culminating in the bankruptcy petition in 2013 and more generally the decline of an economic system that has gradually emptied the city. Firstly, in demographic terms; secondly, in terms of dismantled and abandoned artifacts; thirdly, in terms of growth of economic and social disadvantage. Among urban renewal strategies, even in Detroit is spreading the practice of urban gardens installed in vacant lots. This practice could be represent a social inclusion initiative, while it further intends to halt the so-called food-insecurity, which limits the access to fresh, wholesome foods to the vast majority of urban inhabitants. In Detroit operate numerous associations that have long engaged in training activities directed at the local population regarding fruit and vegetable cultivation in their backyards and involvement in the several urban gardens located within the city limits. The thesis aims to examine the contribution of this practice in the process of urban renaissance and on the local residents. Keywords: Detroit, deindustrialization, urban gardens, regeneration, food-security
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