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Larry Gabriel
Writer, Journalist, and Musician

Detroit is definitely at a crossroads. There are forces that are working to create a different kind of Detroit, and some people don’t believe in it. I’m very excited about the urban agriculture that’s going on here and people who are creating farms and community gardens. I expect in ten years that we’re going to see a lot of the open land in Detroit turn into gardens. The world population is getting ready to explode, is exploding, and all these people have to be fed.

It’s almost like in Paris where everything is around the neighborhoods. This is kind of developing into that. You know back in the 1950s it was pretty much like that. Not so much like in Paris, but every neighborhood pretty much had all the things you needed. I could walk to the market on the corner, there was a tailor shop, there was a secondhand shop. And neighborhoods, they had jazz clubs just right in the neighborhoods. Now everything’s in the commercial area; it’s like everything was owned by family so you could do small business. But now everything is owned by corporate interests and they have to make five million dollars every year, and if they don’t make five million dollars that means they have to cut down. Now we’re starting to get back to what we call mom and pop shops.

From May 31, 2012, interview