Situated Urban Research : Urban Agriculture | Detroit |

The Art Center community garden in midtown Detroit is evidently a wholly different entity to the self-generated patch in Hubbard Farms. Here, the University Center Cultural Association, which exists to promote and regenerate the midtown cultural district, has worked with local groups to create what is essentially a piece of public art.


Though it is not quite a top-down intervention, unsubtle fencing and a firmly-locked gate made clear that the sponsoring institutions were keen to protect the significant investment made here from undesirable sections of the community. Residents of the city of Detroit are invited to rent sections of bed at a subsidized rate and commit a set minimum of voluntary work. The garden provides an excellent way to demonstrate support for a revived Detroit so long as the garden is kept neat and presentable, and therefore comes across exclusive.