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Save Our Land, Save Our Towns (Classroom Version)
In 2 parts: 18/22 mins.

Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.

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Directed by Dirk Eitzen
Produced by Thomas Hylton
Hosted by Thomas Hylton

"Development and zoning issues normally make the eyes glaze...Tom Hylton makes them downright fascinating." Philadelphia Daily News
Vibrant towns or sprawl? Small town newsman (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Tom Hylton explores how America can save its cities, towns, and countryside in this 40-minute program.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns taps into a growing concern about sprawl among ordinary Americans. A poll by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism recently found that sprawl ranks with crime, taxes, and education as the top domestic concern of citizens across the country.

Americans are frustrated with traffic congestion, angry about the loss of open space, and perplexed by the decline of America's cities. Many think sprawl is inevitable. But it's not.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns is a story of hope -- logical reasons why America's towns can be rebuilt and its countryside preserved from strip malls and subdivisions. The program is designed to be engaging and personal -- a voyage of discovery, rather than a mere recitation of facts, with moments of revelation, humor and emotion.

Filmed in Pennsylvania, England, Oregon, and North Carolina.

SHORT VERSION: "Although every segment of the film is retained, each one is condensed by abbreviating interviews and eliminating details that might confuse young people. People's recollections of towns of the past are condensed, and descriptions of zoning laws and problems with development in Portland are cut. The video is separated into two parts to facilitate classroom discussion. The final 4-minute segment touting the advantages of small town living becomes the basis of an optional homework assignment to describe the ideal community." Tom Hylton

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2001     Copyright Date: 2000
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-375-7     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-894-4

"Development and zoning issues normally make the eyes glaze...Tom Hylton makes them downright fascinating...You'll never look at a city or suburb the same way again."
Philadelphia Daily News

"This superb documentary looks examines causes and effects of...expanding suburban sprawl."
TV Guide

"Brightly written, tightly organized and cleverly illustrated, and if Hylton doesn't have suburbanites hanging For Sale signs on their McMansions at the end of the show, he may at least have them thinking about it."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Highly recommended..."
MC Journal

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Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.

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How growth and sprawl affect the quality of life in New England, and some possible solutions.

Subdivide and Conquer
Suburban sprawl: causes and remedies.

Store Wars
Looks at the impact on a small town when Wal-Mart plans to build a mega-store there.

Community by Design
Good design of houses and neighborhoods builds community.

The Air We Breathe
Connects asthma and other respiratory diseases with air pollution and suburban sprawl.

Possum's Rest
Can humans and wildlife co-exist in the suburbs?

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