This introduction to Part Four of Home! A Bioregional Reader gives examples of knowing one’s life-place, transforming systems through community rehabilitation, and other ways to, as the message from the salmon by Freeman House quoted at the beginning puts it, “get serious about this business of coevolution.”
By Kathryn Cholette, Ross Dobson, Kent Gerecke, Marcia Nozick, Roberta Simpson, and Linda Williams. Home! A Bioregional Reader.
The authors of this short piece explain the green city movement as not an attempt to escape cities but rather an acknowledgment of the fact that cities exist and the focus should be on “ecologizing” them. They offer the Maxworks project in Chicago, in which an abandoned inner-city warehouse was reclaimed as a communal space, as a prime example of this work in action.
Peter Berg examines San Francisco and the surrounding area as a case study for modern cities. He traces how an explosion in both size and number of cities starting in the mid-20th century, without proper adaptation to accommodate the influx of population, led to major issues. The solution: “[Cities] must be transformed into places that are life-enhancing and regenerative.”
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