here is short video about the LA Eco-Village recently published by BBC Mundo (embedded video below) . it’s not that bad. i certainly commend the makers for packing that much into just 2 minutes – a palatable format for the attention deficit humans of this century. but as you compress things (specially information) you loose definition and that is a problem of every endeavor in description, not only of journalism.
anyway, they only fact checking i’m going to do is related to the numbers. they say that the eco-village is composed of 500 people and that isn’t quite accurate by any of the definitions (and there are several) of what the L.A Eco-Village is.
when most of us refer to the L.A Eco-Village we are talking about two buildings and between 30 and 40 people that inhabit them and feel involved in this vaguely defined sustainability project. some factions among us use the words “L.A Eco-Village” to refer to the neighborhood we inhabit (the L.A Eco-Village Neighborhood if you wish). but, see, there are problems with the latter. without denying we affect the neighborhood in many ways (some good, some bad), the people living in the adjacent blocks do not self-designate as members of any eco-village – it would be interesting if they did- but i wouldn’t want to impose that upon them, more than 500 that they are, so i simply do not. i certainly don’t want the eco-village ambitions (visions?) to be the colonialist ones. please continue the discussion in the comments. videoafter the jump: