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Detroit purchased Belle Isle in 1879, making it the nation's largest city-owned park. Planned by the designer of New York's Central Park, it remains one of Detroit's most alluring assets. Its deteriorating condition and city's fiscal morass prompted state and city leaders to propose a lease of the island (shown in 1901) to the state, which can better pay for its upkeep.
Polish immigrants walk to the public potato patches Mayor of Detroit Pingree established on 430 acres of city land during the panic of 1893 and subsequent depression. Pingree became a national hero for the idea, and the potato patch program was copied in other major cities.