Monday, July 22, 2013

Fixing Detroit, the NHPR way

NHPR did a long piece on the Detroit bankruptcy Sunday morning.  According to them, the bankruptcy is a blessing in disguise.  It creates vacant lots, in which the Detroit survivors can raise vegetables.  Locally grown food.  They didn't quite have the chutzpah to claim they would be organic.  This was far better use of the land than homes and businesses.  They didn't say how many vegetables you would have to sell to make as much as a welfare check. 
   Then the listed all the veggies you could grow.  Okra, fiddleheads, and collard greens mostly.  And other southern stuff that I have never eaten, and don't ever plan to eat.  Never mentioned green peas or beans, carrots, potatoes, beets, lettuce, tomatoes, or cabbage, you know, real veggies. 
   The authors wanted Detroiters to give up well paid production line work and go back to dirt farming, southern style. They were serious too, not doing an April Fool's day piece.  And April is long time ago. 
   I'm not in favor. 

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