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With their city shrinking, many Detroiters use empty lots to grow gardens

In the Old Redford neighborhood in northwest Detroit, community gardener Kofi Royal, 64, has been busy planning what to grow this spring.

The community plot he tends covers just a couple of vacant lots. But he and John George, the local activist and founder of the Motor City Blight Busters community group, hope to expand soon to cover several more vacant lots, making theirs one of the larger community gardens in the city. More…

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