by Ernest Callenbach

This piece was originally published in Home! A Bioregional Reader, edited by Van Andruss, Christopher Plant, Judith Plant, and Eleanor Wright, New Society Publishers, copyright 1990.

The proper metaphor tor a city, after all, is not the “machine for living” that was dreamed of by techno-freak architects like LeCorbusier thirty years ago. The proper model is a living eco-system with appropriate niches for a great variety of beings. A city’s diversity, one of its main delights, should be biological as well as social. It needs the magical and mysterious vitality of nature as well as society.

Excerpted from Raise the Stakes.

Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) was a writer and editor. He worked for the University of California Press from 1955 to 1991. His interest in environmentalism grew out of his work frequently editing their Natural History Guides. He is the author of several books on ecology and sustainability, most notably 1975’s Ectotopia, which presented the belief that technology could be successfully integrated with humanity and the environment and anticipated some later developments in the real world.

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