And he, with great good luck, he found a superb Swedish paper company developer, his name is Per Batelson, who was as enthusiastic as he was about the environmental aspect of production in the paper industry, and shared his dismay about the way things were and had been going. A sketch of the never-built Bronx Community Paper Plant. After eight years of community conflicts, politics, and financial setbacks, the dream collapsed. To the idealist's surprise, neighborhood activists fiercely resist outsiders, and he must confront byzantine politics and powerful industry hostility. It's been using methods that it's used since the middle of the 19th century, it hasn't changed them, and they have no interest in changing. Such is the nature of evolution, and of social change, which starts with a vision and gets harder from there.
Community groups were suspicious of outsiders, be they industrialists or environmentalists. The project may be outstanding environmentally and socially, but often that's not what matters. We're going to be producing less sulphur dioxides than virgin mills, less nitrogen oxides, less particles. The project may be outstanding environmentally and socially, but often that's not what matters. I mean, many of the things that he wanted to happen, happened.
In this insightful though slim volume, Harris Holy Days documents the rise and fall of a major New York City recycling plant. Environmentalists, he advises, will have to stop being reflexively anti-business and willfully ignorant of its practices. In order for it to work, the community partner that they had, a group called Banana Kelly which was one of the shining stars of the community development movement for many decades--unfortunately, its leader became a not-good partner. Then there were the attempted shakedowns by unsavory Bronx community activists and politicians. What lessons were learned from the failure of the mill project? To the idealist's surprise, neighborhood activists fiercely resist outsiders, and he must confront byzantine politics and powerful industry hostility. What's more, the project could become a national model. The organization is a 501 c 3 nonprofit funded by foundation support, ad sponsorship and donations from readers.
The E-mail message field is required. Indeed, all those vehemently opposed to the project, we are told, are archetypes of moral failure. It was the dream of Allen Hershkowitz of the environmental advocacy group National Resources Defense Council. It was designed so that the barriers toward making projects that were good for business so they could make money; good for the environment so they could be built well, good for the community so they could get jobs, would finally be working together instead of always being at each other's throats. Neither book is likely to make it to the big screen, but if they did, imagine Gangs of New York meets The Sopranos—minus the stabbings and whackings, but with plenty of backstabbing, double-dealing, blackmailing, turf wars and general sabotage.
Based on interviews with many but not all of the important players, the book hews to the point of view of Hershkowitz, who takes only a light drubbing for being too smart, naïve and enthusiastic. As the paper-mill story suggests, environmentalists have learned that they must expand their focus beyond their core, upper-middle class, white constituency and its concern for parks and wilderness to include people of color, the poor, and the inner city. And having a group associated with this project that the Attorney General began to investigate, and that tenants complained about, was kind of one kiss of death for this. In Tilting at Mills, we get the unvarnished dramatic arcs. The goal was hundreds of jobs for neighborhood residents, eco-friendly paper for New York's huge publishing industry, and a pioneering partnership between business and environmental groups.
By Lis Harris Houghton Mifflin, 241 pages, 2003 Harris, a Columbia writing professor and former New Yorker contributor, is a good storyteller — to a fault. They kept throwing sort of sums of money at the project, making the people think that they were behind it, and they would withdraw at the last minute. By building the mill on a brownfield, the project would both clean up a polluted site and bring much-needed jobs to the South Bronx. He was never--he made some sort of statement at the very beginning of this that it sounded good, and seemed to be behind it, but he never really did throw his support to it. The future of the South Bronx, if not the planet, depends on it. I'm Laura Knoy, sitting in for Steve Curwood. He's tired of being outgunned too often by industry lobbyists in legislative battles and wants to develop an environmentally friendly and profitable business that will bring jobs to one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.
Lis Harris is author of Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings and the Corporate Squeeze. What's more, the project could become a national model. An industrialist has to be behind it. And around that period, not long afterward, someone from the group the South Bronx Clean Air Coalition asked Hershkowitz for some money in order to not make trouble for them. He identified a local community group, Banana Kelly, and its administrator, Yolanda Rivera, as a potential ally in the venture. But Hershkowitz quickly finds himself pitted against surprising forces. Harris lets readers know that not only was Ms.
The greatest failing of the book, however, is that it often reverts into an unabashed hatchet job on all those who Hershkowitz perceived as obstacles to the project. . One can only wonder if Hershkowitz would have gotten his paper mill built if someone had given him that advice ten years ago. Lis Harris is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Writing. But it can be done. And this is Allen Hershkowitz, a staff scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, from a story that aired on Living on Earth back in 1998. The coalition had other plans for the site, including reviving the long-defunct rail yard as a bustling inter-modal transportation center.
The paper industry is one of the most conservative in the world. Vanessa Bush Copyright © American Library Association. And, of course, some people regarded him as a Don Quixote figure. Here we have two books about a Bronx paper mill that never even got built. What's more, the project could become a national model. Had that company been in there, they might well have. The Bronx borough president was a Democrat, Mayor Giuliani was a Republican.
What's more, the project could become a national model. Given the technical information, detailed negotiations, and incredible cast of characters, this is a surprisingly fast-paced and dramatic account of a failed environmental project. But Harris is too facile in her analysis of community politics and the challenge of urban redevelopment; this story is not reducible to a simple morality tale. Living on Earth offers a of the show's rundown to your mailbox. Harris essentially fleshes out and follows up on the story she first reported in the New Yorker in 1995, and the book retains the flow and skilled writing associated with the magazine. From beginning to end, Tilting at Mills reveals what can occur in attempted alliances between big business and environmentalists and is filled with shocking stories of what really happens behind the scenes in major deal-making.