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Edens Lost & Found: How Ordinary Citizens Are Restoring Our Great American… (edition 2006)
Edens Lost & Found: How Ordinary Citizens Are Restoring Our Great American Cities by Harry Wiland
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193149889X, Hardcover)Part celebration and part inspiration, Edens Lost & Found, the companion book to the PBS series, chronicles the forward-looking transformation of America's urban landscapes and communities.
With Edens Lost & Found, award-winning filmmakers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell herald an exciting sea change in the relationship between ordinary citizens, environmental groups, and government. From across America they gather evidence of a new spirit of cooperation among neighbors, planners, architects and builders, city officials, and government agencies. Indeed, as urban issues have become undeniably urgent problems that demand answers, people from disparate backgrounds and political leanings are joining forces to recast life in American cities.
As citizens take action where government has failed, they are finding support, encouragement, and help from their neighbors. Conversely, as progressive-minded government agencies and organizations explore nontraditional solutions, an energized community rallies to the cause. Neither exclusively top-down, nor grass roots, we are in the midst of an unprecedented movement that unites efforts from every quarter in a common cause.
Focusing on Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Seattle-four cities that face vastly different challenges-Edens Lost & Found highlights the remarkable power of hope, pride, ingenuity, and chutzpah that characterize this era of collaboration.
Bioengineering concepts-now increasingly understood by many to offer the most effective, cost-efficient solutions-are playing a central role. Working with-rather than in opposition to-nature is leading to such innovations as rooftop and urban gardens, restored parks, transformed vacant lots, the re-greening of city streets, and eco-friendly watershed management. Edens Lost & Found shows how working to reshape the land also transforms the relationships people have to one another.
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Scott Simon interviews a group of inspirational environmental activists from various backgrounds who are dedicated to the greening of Chicago. The 24-acre Millennium Park, City Hall Roof Garden, Green Roof Initiative, and an outdoor classroom and nature preserve at Elgin High School are among the projects highlighted.
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