I previously described the efforts of artists to revive Detroit's infrastructure and economy.
Mental Masala has a very nice post describing the parallel efforts of farmers.
I love watching the abandoned, rusted-out husks of post-industrial cities reinvent themselves. Pittsburgh pulled it off and I'll bet we haven't heard the last of Detroit. It offers hope to similar cities across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
h/t: the irresistible fleet of bicycles