CityLab wrote a great article last month on the challenges of urban farming in Detroit. Many of the issues spawn from the regulatory process of the Detroit Land Bank, a public entity that manages vacant/underutilized properties. While the Detroit Land Bank has nearly 100,000 properties up for sale, the amount of paperwork required and the time it takes to purchase property from the Land Bank has been a hindrance to many.
One of the most interesting quotes that I came across in the article is based around urban farming and land values:
Previous research, synthesized in a literature review by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, noted a link between community gardens and farms and increased property values within a 1,000-foot radius. The relationship is especially pronounced in disadvantaged areas, the researchers found.
This is promising research that can be employed by community groups and economic development agencies who have been advocating and pursuing the implementation of urban farms in lower-income neighborhoods.