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    • Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Market, Bill Loomis’ new book, compiles all the urban crops and healthy restaurants that are changing the spirit and the economy of the motor-city.

    Detroit reinvigorates its culinary scene and rises from the ashes / 

    Perhaps the prophecy “Detroit will rise again” is becoming true. We have already witnessed the success of the brilliant WAH (Write a House) project, which grants scholarships to writers all over the world and gives them abandoned houses to live in, with the hope of creating a literary neighborhood which will give freshness to the devastation. But their new foodie movement is not far behind. Bill Loomis’ new book, Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Market, is an ode to the new spirit and the strategy of the city concerning food.

    The infamous images of Detroit's crumbling buildings, abandoned homes and weed-choked parks are known worldwide”, Loomis says. “Seldom shown are the city's thriving food ways, quietly rebuilding neighborhoods block by block with urban farms, locally made fare, new restaurants and an innovative, homegrown spirit that is attracting entrepreneurs and culinary enthusiasts from across the nation.

    Via this book, the devastated reputation of the motor-city is lit by a new life. It is precisely because the geographic space is so vast and uninhabited that it is possible to implement urban crops and healthy restaurants. There are already around two-thousand crops in the city. And the rents are so low that to open a shop you don’t need to make a huge investment. Detroiters show themselves grateful each time a new business opens where there was nothing before. This combination of free space, accessible rents and entrepreneurial spirit, are making Detroit a fine promise.

    Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Market offers an account of how food  has revitalized the city. It covers everything from individual boroughs to local apparitions and food gardens. Loomis analyzes how Detroit’s traditional food, based primarily on “Coney Dogs”, hot dogs with chili and pizza, is changing its axis towards locally grown and healthy organic food. 

    Tagged: urbanism, Detroit, urban farms, food