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Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today! Paperback – May 1, 2008
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Urban gardeners reclaim otherwise decaying urban cities, where drugs and crime plague neighborhoods, and try to get food from the land. The gardens take back private property, long abandoned by slum lords, and turn it into public land or a commons for the neighbors and by the neighbors, growing and sharing food. More often than not, women lead in rebuilding a sense of community by everyone with an interest in the gardens putting caring for them. Green Philadelphia, a network promoting urban gardens in Philadelphia areas taken over by drugs, empowered residents to be in charge of their neighborhoods.Read more ›
Author Chris Carlsson looks at how computer programmers, community gardeners, Burning Man attendees, bike riders and others are shaping their world and what their actions mean in a capitalist society that seems more work-oriented than ever before. The definitions of "work" and "class" and "identity" are examined in a very compelling way, and Carlsson doesn't shy away from inherent contradictions in what people are doing.
If the idea of being free from the chains of 9-5 sounds appealing to you, this book won't so much tell you how to do it for yourself, but will tell you how are others are trying to make it work for themselves.
Another great AK Press read.
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NowTopia is more pop-junk-culture chicken-fat-schmeer, out for a buck, and this time next year will sell for 25c with front covers ripped off. Read Ecotopia, read Tilth. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by I'm
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