Edens Lost and Found Series
Edens Lost and Found - Philadelphia
The Holy Experiment
Faced with severe budget limitations, Philadelphia's rebirth is being brought about by a network of community-based volunteer organizations.
Directed by Harry Wiland
Produced by Harry Wiland, Dale Bell and Beverly Baroff
Written & Edited by Beverly Baroff
Hosted by David Morse
Content Consultant: Andy Lipkis, President, TreePeople
A Media & Policy Center Foundation production in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting
Philadelphia is a historic city responding to many challenges, including suburban development, that threaten to decimate the core city. Faced with severe budget limitations (a universal reality), it created a vast network of community-based volunteer organizations who have brought about rebirth through volunteerism and community outreach. Some of those organizations include The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, The New Kensington Community Development Corporation and The Philadelphia Water Department.
"Positively redemptive" Philadelphia Inquirer
City government hasn't been sitting still, either. Mayor John F. Street created the Neighborhood Transition Initiative (NTI) program as part of a coordinated plan to save the city from the impact of "moving up and moving out." NTI was assigned to come up with practicable and affordable solutions to remove blight, promote quality restoration, stimulate investment in new housing, and improve how the city delivers services to its businesses and residents. The challenge is to make neighborhoods more attractive so families will stay and become stakeholders.
Philadelphia has many tales to tell about how it is dealing with challenges being felt around the planet: creation of a sustainable society, economy, and ecosystem in a thriving urban environment.
The other films in the series are:
Edens Lost & Found - Chicago - City Hall and grass roots groups in Chicago are working on open space, green buildings and an educated citizenry to create a sustainable city.
Edens Lost & Found - Los Angeles - Is it possible that the City of the Angels can tell a story to the world about environmental rebirth? (RELEASE 10/06)
Edens Lost & Found - Seattle - Recognizing that the human community is growing faster than the aging infrastructure, the city of Seattle created an Office of Sustainability and Environment. (RELEASE 10/06)
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-394-3
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-393-5
"Wiland and Bell show us that some of the real solutions might just be on our doorstep, our roofs, and in our city halls."
Anna Lappé, Co-Founder of Small Planet Institute, Co-Author of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen
"An inspiring look at how cities can be transformed and how parks and green space can heal the soul of a community."
Philadelphia Daily News
"Inspiring examples from Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Seattle show how people can rediscover the natural attributes that made their cities desirable to settle in the first place."
"There's something positively redemptive about Edens Lost and Found, the new PBS series about the transformation of dismal urban spaces into gardens and parks, villages and murals that are green and welcoming."
Virginia A. Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer
"I used Edens Lost and Found to organize a course I taught this summer...What a great class we had! The series proved to be a valuable tool in focusing the student's attention. By highlighting a variety of topics, institutional arenas, and personalities involved with environmental sustainability in four cities, the series alerted my students to the opportunities and challenges available to policy makers. The fact that the series showed the struggle to incorporate environmental values in everyday life, in education, and in public policy agendas at the local level, and the fact that sometimes the best intentions did not work out, provided a realistic sense of the challenge...Several of the grad students had not been exposed to the environment in this way, and told me that the class was an eye opening experience. Two were inspired to do their graduate applied research project on environmental sustainability.
The Edens Lost and Found series is an important addition to material available to introduce students at all levels to environmental values. The presentation of some hard lessons regarding success and failure, and how much time and effort go into trying to change our neighborhoods and cities makes this series unique. I look forward to the next opportunity that I have to use the Edens Lost and Found series, and recommend it to educators at all levels."
Greg Andranovich, Professor of Political Science, California State University-Los Angeles
"These effective, professionally produced programs will inspire cities and towns all over the United States to use more green building materials, cultivate and employ native trees and plants for landscaping, find ways to practice conservation, and minimize disruptions to the natural environment. Recommended for all collections."
Susan C. Awe, University of New Mexico Library, Library Journal
"This movie is about how the historic town that had the first public park and the first botanic garden is being transformed and revived back to its original status of 'city within a park' through the efforts of local communities. Overall, this is a very inspirational documentary. It is highly recommended for school and public libraries."
Geetha Yapa, Univ
|DVDs include public performance rights.
includes 45-page teachers' guide, Philadelphia action guide, interview with David Morse, 18-minute trailer of the other three films.
Edens Lost & Found web site
Philadelphia Action Guide
The Citizen Forester's Guide
Awards and Festivals
Brownfields Conference Film Festival
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Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
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Ways We Live
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Community by Design
Good design of houses and neighborhoods builds community.
Maps with Teeth
Bioregional mapping by locals communicates a sense of place and regional identity.
The Boundaries of Change
Cities cope with changing demographics.
ReInventing The World
Three 50-minute programs on creating sustainable cities, food systems, and lifestyles.
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