WHAT? Universe-City is a grassroots, not-for-profit movement to transform a devastated, burned-out Detroit city neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly, intentional community that will be the grounds for urban farming, residential and creative space for artists, healers, musicians, and like-minded, forward-thinking, progressive individuals
WHERE? We are working on the area just South of 7 Mile and Woodward, across from Palmer Park, in Detroit, Michigan.http://www.fireweeduniversecity.org/
A show on NatGeo channel called "Live Free or Die" follows the daily routines of various frontiersmen living off the land. There's Colburn, once a business executive who now lives in treehouse above a Georgia swamp and eats wild boar and varmints. A young married couple, he in dreadlocks, she in a yellow flower dress, raise rabbits and recycle the poop to fertilizer their organic garden. Then there's Thorn, the primitive hunter/gatherer who lives in a twig yurt he built on a North Carolina mountainside.
Every week is a new adventure in having food and shelter, or something happens that temporarily derails their little Utopia (i.e.- chickens are eating the neo-hippies love garden, time to use the rabbit poop to raise worms to feed the chickens). After a few episodes, you can't but help pull for these people as they eke out the most basic of existences, eschewing almost all modern conveniences and refusing to bow to the societal norm of work, paycheck, mortgage, work, paycheck, mortgage, etc. At times I'm envious about their freedom but then nothing looks enviable about constantly being dirty and hungry.
Someone should tell NatGeo that we have modern pioneers too, with an urban twist.