With 4,000 buildings being demolished every year and a population that has more than halved over the last 50 years, the city of Detroit stood as a symbol of deindustrialization and growing poverty. But it could now be at the vanguard of urban renewal, the very embodiment of the resilient city dear to architects. Over the past few years, the process of reclaiming the city’s living space has included experimenting with an inclusive, community-based form of development, led by various NGOs such as The Greening of Detroit. In practical terms, reconnecting with the devastated habitat has involved creating 1,788 familyrun or community gardens, which are tended by some 15,000 volunteer gardeners. By growing crops on abandoned lots, the city now produces 200 tons of food per year. According to the NGO, using just 5 to 10 percent of the available vacant land would be enough to feed everyone. Like the city’s historic citizens—including Joe Louis, one of the world’s greatest heavyweight boxing champions, and Eminem, a veteran of rap battles—Detroit has no intention of staying on the ropes.