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Los Angeles Eco-Village and Cooperative Resources and Services Project
Transforming one inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood for an eco-renaissance is the "small goal" of the Los Angeles Eco-Village and the Cooperative Resources and Services project (CRSP).
Lois Arkin is the energetic founder and executive director of the 13-year-old Cooperative Resources and Services Project (CRSP) and co-editor of the books Sustainable Cities: Concepts and Strategies for Eco-City Development and Cooperative Housing Compendium. She has been a primary inspiration and keeper of the vision for the Los Angeles Eco-Village project.
The CRSP resouce center hosts on-going outreach events and tours of the Eco-Village covering sustainable practices such as permaculture, shared streets, urban transportation and community planning and participation.
Los Angeles Eco-Village is another innovative Los Angeles sustainability resource -- the first urban eco-village in the country -- established by Lois Arkin, in the Bimini and White House Place neighborhood since 1980, CRSP provides a variety of resources on small cooperative ecological communities both locally and nationally.
Tours of Los Angeles Eco-Village are available. Having taken the tour, I can affirm that it is an inspiration to see the many nuances of urban living that make life more rewarding, more economical, more healthful and definitely more community-oriented.
Planned communities go by many labels: PUDs (planned unit developments), intentional communities, communes, and sustainable neighborhoods. Whatever term you want to hang on the Eco-Village, The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community (LAEV-IC), located in a two block area of older, intensely urban neighborhood, this community demonstrates processes for lower impact, higher quality living patterns.