I don’t think vast sections of Detroit could do any wrong in removing blighted neighborhoods and getting into this urban farming thing.
Detroit recently went through bankruptcy and many other big American cities are gonna be facing that soon as well. A whole lotta hurt everywhere – pensions cut, etc.
I think the idea of big cities has passed. Detroit was founded where it is because, well, a river runs through it. Do thousands and thousands of people – especially office workers – need to pack into big cities every morning when we have the technology to do without that nonsense? As Moe from the Three Stooges would say, “Spread out!”.
I read the article but couldn’t find a price tag for one of these things. It might make a nice cottage for me and Marci and the boys! Just chopper the thing up north and drop it on a piece of land. <grin> WAIT A MINUTE! Chopper it DOWN SOUTH!
Here we go…found some cost info at, get this, www.treehugger.com:
The cost to obtain the shipping container itself was $3,000, and it’s estimated that about $20 to $25,000 will be required to turn it from a big empty metal box into a viable dwelling. I wonder if they charge extra for graffiti.
Shipping container home readying for Detroit debut
DETROIT (AP) – An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors’ sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city’s economy and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock.
Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles, dart in and out to do door, window and wall installation and framing, as well as electrical and plumbing work. Meanwhile, a nonprofit urban farming group is preparing property a few miles away that will welcome the project, what’s believed to be the city’s first occupied shipping container homestead.
After finishing touches and final inspections, the 40-foot-long former container will feature 320 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen, and will serve as home base for a university-student caretakers of a neighborhood farm and agricultural research activities.
Here’s how some of the donated stuff from GM will be used in the construction:
Among the recycled and repurposed materials from GM that will go into the shipping container tiny home are:
- Chevrolet Volt battery cases, which will be reused as bird houses and planter boxes
- Sound-deadening vehicle insulation, which will insulate walls
- Lockers, which will be used as planter boxes and for tool storage
- Small fastener containers, which will be used as plant/vegetable starter containers
- Plywood from large shipping containers for interior wall cladding and some furniture components
- Metal parts bins, which will become planter boxes
- Wood pallets and other scrap wood will be reused to build furniture, including a table and bed frame