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In late March, the New York Times had a “Room For Debate” feature on shrinking cities. Eight opinion writers discuss this problem, but few real options for cities are presented. This is especially true for neighborhood-scale realities – what does a city do with neighborhoods filled with derelict houses? Ideology alone cannot provide on-the-ground solutions. Some of the more concrete ideas presented are old ones: convert the lot into a community garden or parklet (would Detroit need 12,000 of these?), offer the lot to a neighbor after demolition of the structure, or be happy that the plants overtaking the lot are providing ecosystem services. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.

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