Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Urban Sprawl, Urban Growth

"Now Coming To A Town Near You"

Gina Olszowski, a first time author, grew up with rapid development and urban growth all around her. At the ripe old age of 24, helped out by a grant from Wild Gift, an Idaho based 501(c)(3) public charity, Gina wrote and published her first book, titled "Now Coming To A Town Near You." 66% of revenue from the book sales go to The Conservation Foundation, a local land and watershed protection organization.

The book has many voices, some collective, some disparate. Gina interviewed small town mayors who faced pressure to increase their town's nascent tax base. She interviewed farmers who faced pressure from family to give up their difficult life and sell to developers. She interviewed teens, seniors, new residents and old residents.

The photography in the book is all by Gina, and the voices heard represent the various participants in the sometimes out of control, life of its own, growth that is occurring in rural and suburban America.

There is little blame cast- the book is more essay than expose- but an interesting essay nonetheless. More information, including purchase information, can be found here.