Shipping container home seen as seed for renewal, not cure for all of Detroit's housing ills

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An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild Detroit's economy and deteriorating housing stock.

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Skilled-trades workers from the factory that makes the electric Chevrolet Volt perform framing, electrical and plumbing work. Meanwhile, a nonprofit urban farming group is preparing property nearby that by spring should welcome what's believed to be the city's first occupied shipping container homestead.

The 40-foot-long container will be secured on a foundation that once supported a blighted home in the North End neighborhood. It will be home base for caretakers of a neighborhood farm and agricultural research.

Both GM and the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative hope it's a model to lure and keep residents as Detroit removes blight and recovers from bankruptcy.