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To Save a Community, You Might Start with Its River

April 13, 2011Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on To Save a Community, You Might Start with Its River

Last month, I attended the Majora Carter talk “You Don’t Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One,” held at the U of Minn.  It was quite possibly the best event I’ve seen at the University in a decade or more of working here.

We all know “That Guy” who sends an email to his entire address book saying “You just have to see this fabulous thing!!” which often, maybe, isn’t that fabulous.  Well, as I walked back across the campus from the talk, I seriously considered being That Guy and telling everyone with whom I have ever been in touch to watch the video when it comes out.
The video of the talk is now out, and is connected to a lot of other important material about Majora Carter’s work.  Do yourself a favor and spend an hour with this stuff.  Tell me it doesn’t change the way you think about the river work you do, the community building that we all need to do, and the commitment we all make to the world that we have borrowed from our children and grandchildren.
Major kudos to the Institute on the Environment and its communications team.  Someone told me that people at the University had been talking and working to get Majora Carter on campus for over three years.  IonE folks finally got it done.
And, as you’ll see when you watch the show (and you all will, right?  It’s going to be on the final.)  the transformation of the Bronx began with a transformation of the Bronx River.

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