Nonprofit Fights Blight Through ‘Greening Of Detroit’

By Marie Osborne

DETROIT (WWJ) – Take a drive through any neighborhood in the city of Detroit and you will notice a common theme:  vacant land.

Some experts say about a third of the land in the city is vacant.

“We see this as a clear opportunity — not a challenge,” said Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of Greening of Detroit.

The group helps local community groups plant trees and maintain vacant land in the city.

Salminen Witt says it’s imperative that the city work with neighborhoods to maintain vacant land to prevent further decay.

Said Rodney Gasaway, director of the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation, “Planting trees and maintaining vacant lots helps boost overall real estate value.”

“In this neighborhood the people said they wanted this to be the greenest neighborhood in the city,” he added,

Gasaway helps organize volunteers and community groups who want to help clean, mow and plant vacant land in the neighborhood.

Learn how you can help HERE.

(credit: Marie Osborne/WWJ)

(credit: Marie Osborne/WWJ)

[MORE ABOUT GREENING OF DETROIT]

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best 4th Of July Concerts In Metro DetroitStaying home this weekend? Celebrate the 4th of July by rocking out at one of these shows.
Hump Day Drinks: 8 Cheery Cocktail RecipesNow that you've made it through half the work week, it's time to celebrate!

Watch & Listen