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August 23rd, 2011
Shrinking Cities
[VIDEO] Seeds of progress: How urban farming is changing Detroit’s future

If the Republican presidential hopefuls agreed on anything at last week’s Iowa debate, it was the need for America to create jobs. And one city that needs jobs is Detroit. The city itself has an unemployment rate hovering around 24 percent. The lack of jobs is one reason that nearly one-quarter of the population left the city in the last decade.

And where once there were families, now there are open, empty lots, driving wedges into neighborhoods and fracturing longstanding communities. But the recent creation of urban gardens has helped to stitch some of these communities back together. They’re also putting Detroit on the verge of a new economic model, and with it, the hope of jobs. Correspondent Desiree Cooper has the story, which is a co-production with Detroit Public TV and Blueprint America.

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