29 Nov '11, 6pm

The next small thing: How neighborhood-level sustainability efforts could reshape cities

The next small thing: How neighborhood-level sustainability efforts could reshape cities

Lower Downtown Denver has become the city's night life hub -- and a laboratory for community-level sustainability. Photo: Wally Gobetz I once worked for a New Yorker who loved to wisecrack that the only difference between Denver and yogurt was that "yogurt's got culture." Looking at the Mile High City's endless sprawl of lookalike Anywhere, U.S.A. subdivisions, it's easy to understand where he was coming from. But in a former warehouse district just off of downtown, an innovative experiment in neighborhood-level sustainability is underway that could show New York and the rest of the country what really rocks the house when it comes to eco-centric living. The project, and others like it around the country, started with a simple observation: While cities have been leaders in the effort to combat climate change, much of the action within cities occurs at the neighborhood leve...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-11-29-the-next-small-thi...

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