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Green Time TV, Oct 2014: What Type of Redevelopment?

on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:44am

Redevelopment is going to happen.  But how will it occur and who will make decisions about it?  October 2014 episodes of Green Time TV explore development of north St. Louis, developments around the West Lake Landfill and development of how people treat horses.

The first October Green Time show features Romona Taylor Williams, of Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion & Equity (M-SLICE), and Rev. Elston McCowan, of the Gateway Green Alliance, discussing how urban renewal dismantled the infrastructure of the black community.  They also look at how cities like Paris, France are built more sustainably and how development could happen without excluding people.  Once upon a time, people used street cars to get around St. Louis.  But plans for the automobile no more included people who would be affected than plans to redevelop north St. Louis include residents. 

Romona Taylor Williams is back for the second October episode with Samuel Taylor, of Washington University’s Center for Social Development.  They discuss the St. Louis Sustainability Plan and demographic changes in north St. Louis, along with some larger questions.  What are psychological and social costs of gentrification?  How does the rapid gentrification in St. Louis differ from patterns in other communities?  What could sustainable development look like?

In the third October episode Dr. Bob Criss, of Washington University’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science, and Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, ask why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding back information on radioactive waste in the West Lake Landfill.  Why have they not properly investigated it?  Why have no criminal charges been filed against those responsible? 

Location in a flood plain and earthquake zone could strongly affect radioactive releases.  Radiation can increase the likelihood of leukemia 38-fold and decrease the proportion of male babies born.  The waste in West Lake Landfill will actually increase its radioactivity for at least 9,000 years.

Did you know that America does not ban horse slaughtering?  A little bizarre, since virtually no one eats horse meat in this country.  For the fourth Green Time episode in October Bonnie Boime, of St. Louis Animal Rights Team (START), explains that horse slaughtering can ruin the environment and economy of a town where a plant is located.  Do laws truly require the humane slaughter of horses?  How many jobs are really created?  How we can protect horses and communities from the practice? 

October shows include the movies “Carfree Cities: The Gritty Details,” “Cully Grove,” “Village Market - Non-Profit, Super Local,” “Big Picture: Atomic Battlefield,” “Horse Slaughter” and “Horse Dallas Crown.”  

Green Time appears at noon on Saturdays in St. Louis on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Mondays in St. Louis on Channel 24-2, Springfield on Channel 39, Joplin on Channel 36 and Marshfield on Channel 17.  Green Time programs air on these dates:

·October 4 & 6: “Redeveloping North St. Louis”

·October 11 & 13: “Redevelopment Traumas”

·October 18 & 20: “West Lake Landfill: The True Story”

·October 25 & 27: “Horse Slaughtering”

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