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After being in the red, Detroit goes green

After being in the red, Detroit goes green

Picture a green city that's home to 1,400 urban gardens and a massive forest. A riverfront bike path connects with a transformed railway leading to the country's largest historic public market district. Restaurants dish up produce grown within city limits, and visitors stumble upon hidden pocket parks.

Now, picture a declining Rust Belt city, a place where swaths of once-developed land have returned to wilderness. Crime is rampant, streetlights are dark, and house after house stands abandoned.

These two cities must be worlds apart, right?

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