You gotta love this!
(Hauled from my archives.)
What about creating an urban forest overnight?
"This week, 150 mature trees — 20 feet high, trucked to Detroit from as far away as Buffalo, N.Y. — are being planted at Van Dyke and Goethe on vacant lots. They add heft and height to John Hantz's big idea: That reclaiming land for agriculture or trees will help restore pride and beauty to an area that's been demoralized by abandonment."
Here are two views of before (2011) and after (2015). It'll be great to continue to monitor this urban forest!
Detroit vacant lot (before):
Detroit urban forest (after):
Plus: read these other posts about the urban ecology opportunities for Detroit streams called daylighting (for Michigan urban waterways)!
P.S. Check out my latest "urban wild" nature blog: Wild. Here. (2016 update)