Monday, March 11, 2013

Environment - Dudley Street Community Land Trust

(Dudley Street Neighborhod Initiative)

Greg Watson tells the story of an urban community that came together to reshape its destiny. Starting with shovels and garbage bags to clean up abandoned lots, residents formed the Dudley Street Community Land Trust to acquire lots which now support hundreds of units of renovated owner-occupied homes, a productive greenhouse, locally-owned businesses, and reinvigorated neighborhood pride. In telling the story of Dudley Street, Greg Watson recounts his own story as an African American growing up in Cleveland in the sixties. Seeing the ecological degradation surrounding him, he grew to become a leader in the environmental movement, and then later returned to the urban landscape with a richer understanding of the complex issues needed to build sustainable communities.

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