Give Gifts Top Banner

Sections
Home » Issues » A Resilient Community » Resilient Ideas: Low-Impact Urban Living

Get a FREE Issue. Yes! I want to try YES! Magazine

Nonprofit. Independent. Subscriber-supported. DONATE. How you can support our work.

YES! by Email
Join over 78,000 others already signed up for FREE YES! news.
[SAMPLE]
link

The YES! ChicoBag(R). Full-size tote that fits in your pocket!

 

Resilient Ideas: Low-Impact Urban Living

The challenges of creating urban ecovillages can also be great advantages.
Document Actions

LA Eco-village

Photo by Lois Arkin

Founded after the civil unrest of April 1992, L.A. Eco-Village shows how low-impact living can also be a model for urban neighborhood self-reliance.

The 40 members of this intentional community live in a diverse working-class neighborhood a block away from one of the most congested traffic corridors in Los Angeles. They’re converting two apartment buildings to a limited-equity housing cooperative and community land trust.

LA-Eco-Village.jpg





Video: L.A. Eco-Village brings community, art, and activism together.

Many residents have trained in building skills to repair and eco-retrofit their own units. The surrounding two blocks have been transformed with a park, vegetable gardens, orchards, and permeable sidewalks.

“The challenges for urban ecovillages are also our greatest advantages,” says co-founder Lois Arkin, noting that working with public agencies and elected officials has enabled ecovillagers to influence public policy in the direction of more sustainable communities. Above, a gate made of old bicycle parts and, at right, drastic traffic-calming measures outside the residences.


Sven Eberlein wrote this article for A Resilient Community, the Fall 2010 issue of YES! Magazine.  His writing on ecocities was included in the Daily Kos “Greenroots” series. His website is Tubercreations.com.


More Resilient Ideas

cob house skylight thumb
  la eco-village thumb
  bike in snow thumb
  mercantile thumb
  food thumb
A Hand-Built Home
  Low-Impact Urban Living
  Bike As You Are
  Return of the Mercantile
  Processing Food Where the Food Is
beekeeping thumb
  rebuild thumb
  fruit thumb
  turbines thumb
  habana outpost thumb
Beekeeping on City Rooftops
  Reclaim, Repair, Rebuild
  Making Fruit Public
  Get Off the Grid
  Sunshine on the Menu

10 Resilient Ideas are part of A Resilient Community, the Fall 2010 issue of YES! Magazine.

 

Email Signup
A Resilient Community
Comment on this article

How to add a commentCommenting Policy

comments powered by Disqus


You won’t see any commercial ads in YES!, in print or on this website.
That means, we rely on support from our readers.

||   SUBSCRIBE    ||   GIVE A GIFT   ||   DONATE   ||
Independent. Nonprofit. Subscriber-supported.




Issue Footer

Personal tools