The definition of progress seems to be moving backward in this state. It used to be that structures erected on property were called "improvements." Yet last week, the Michigan Senate passed a package of bills authorizing property tax breaks for "urban agriculture" in Detroit. One Republican legislator made the following boast on the Senate floor:

"There is actually good farmland under all that cement and steel."

Should the devolution continue, I suppose that under all that farmland there are also good territories for roving bands of post-Neolithic human hunter-gatherers.

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2009 Senate Bill 1015 (Promote "urban agriculture")