Fleet Farming is a 501c3 that empowers local food advocates & community organizers to convert lawns into monetized gardens. Property owners keep 5% of profits, volunteers deliver fresh produce to local restaurants via bikes, and water-wasting lawns become vibrant food systems. Launched a few years ago in Orlando and Oakland, now Fleet Farming is a creating a franchise model that has been adopted around the world.
Braddock PA is an incredible example of a town destroyed by the decline of the steel industry, now being rebuilt brick-by-brick by people who are creative, loving, generous & gutsy. If you don't know the story of Mayor John Fetterman, get involved. Plus, his wife Gisele has launched some amazing initiatives including a shipping container free store that helps the community share food and clothes.
City Of Asylum - a non-profit that buys old row houses in Pittsburg and turns them into writer residencies for political exiles. As a bonus track, this org hosts literacy programs, neighborhood beautification projects and free concerts.
Millennial Trains Project is a non-profit that fills old trains with young people and sends them on a 10 day – 6 city cross-country bender. The idea was born a few years ago when founder Patrick Dowd went on a similar train trip in India, and had a ‘WHY DON’T WE HAVE THIS IN THE U.S.’ moment. He started MTP in 2010, and has been organizing these train trips ever since.
By day, participants hop off the train to explore cities, meet locals, and work on individual projects that tackle art, music, religion, poverty, renewable energy, education, immigration, and emerging tech. By night they bunk in a 1955 California Zephyr – a sleeper car outfitted with porter stools, shoe shine lockers and razor blade deposit boxes. MTP also invites mentors to board the train, travel with the group, share their work, support their projects, and generally hang out. Ever wanted to hear a National Geographic writer tell crazy stories about Siberian gangsters at 2am? Grill a member of the State Department while crossing the Cascades? Make music ON A TRAIN? Now’s your chance. Come up with an idea for a project and apply!
Questions? Ideas? Be in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
Pogo Park is a non-profit that is reclaiming broken and underutilized city parks and playgrounds in Richmond’s Iron Triangle, and transforming them into vibrant hubs of community life. They create safe and magical places for children to play outside. Their parks provide vulnerable children with rich play environments that are designed to spark and foster healthy development.
What's their magical formula? They hired and trained a team of local residents – all parents! – to design, build, and now manage these parks themselves.
If you have any questions or would like to support their efforts, please contact email@example.com
The City Museum is a wonderland of steel and absurdity, a 5-story industrial playground complete with an aquarium, coffee bar, vintage store, skatepark, art vault, gigantic ball pit, cocktail bar, library, and working miniature train that clatters around with an honest-to-god conductor sitting inside. It's housed in a 775,000 square foot ex-shoe factory in the middle of St. Louis full of artifacts from all the industries in Missouri. The entire thing is climbable, slide-able, hang-able, & just go fucking nuts-able.
The brainchild of Paolo Soleri who believed arcology* could be a radical alternative to urban sprawl. This architectural laboratory in the Arizona desert started in the 1970s, funded by the sale of Soleri's windchimes. Today, Arcosanti hosts tours, workshops, and events like global stiltwalking conventions.
Arcology is the fusion of architecture with ecology. The multi-use nature of arcology design would put living, working, and public spaces within easy reach of each other and walking would be the main form of transportation within the city. An arcology’s direct proximity to uninhabited wilderness would provide the city dweller with constant immediate and low-impact access to rural space as well as allowing agriculture to be situated near the city, maximizing the efficiency of a local food distribution system. Arcology would use passive solar architectural techniques such as the apse effect, greenhouse architecture and garment architecture to reduce the energy usage of the city, especially in terms of heating, lighting and cooling. arcosanti.org
Only 5% of the master plan has been completed, so if you'd like to see a city of the future come to fruition, feel free to donate.
Formerly docked in Detroit, the oldest US passenger steamer is undergoing a major renovation and re-locating to New York.
"The SS Columbia Project will reconnect New York City to the Hudson Valley, revitalizing waterfront cities and towns, while also creating a unique floating mobile museum and experiential educational resource that bring people together around issues of social justice, arts & culture, and sustainability."