We are the Key to Our Own Recovery

“Today, I’m going to tell you three stories of people who didn’t move out of their neighborhoods,” says Majora Carter – McArthur “genius” Award winner originally known for her pioneering work “greening the ghetto” in the South Bronx in New York. With three examples of homegrown eco-entrepreneurship, Carter demonstrates that the future of green is local. She invites us to tap into the rising trend of what she calls “hometown security” — an approach to local development and repair rooted in the awareness that “we are the key to our own recovery.”



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About the Lead Author

April Doner
April Doner is a community connector, artist, and mother who is passionate about igniting the intersection between re-weaving neighbor relationships, strengthening local economies, and healing / reconciling inequities and injustices. She is a Steward at the ABCD Institute DePaul University and, while not practicing neighboring in her own neighborhood, she trains, coaches, and consults in Asset Based Community Development. April also documents local resilience as well as group processes through various creative means including writing, photography, video, and graphic recording. Since 2020, she has curated content for AbundantCommunity.com.

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