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|A Convenient Truth|
|Date||Wednesday September 23|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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390 27th Street
midtown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
|HumanistHall [at] Yahoo.com|
The evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 6:00 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by a discussion at the end of the film.
A CONVENIENT TRUTH
This informative, inspirational documentary aims at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. It focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, and social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba, Brazil, into one of the most livable cities in the world. The city of Curitiba has demonstrated for the past 40 years how to transform problems into cost-effective solutions that can be applied in most cities around the world. the typical city is a huge, clogged network, designed long before mass motoring and now jammed with vehicles, their emissions and noise. Usually, the average planner’s response is to make more room for traffic, leading to even more vehicles and pollution. However, three decades ago, Curitiba boldly addressed its traffic problems at root and consequently found that, with vision and willpower, all aspects of city life could be improved. Curitiba’s officials had decided that people should come first, not cars. What prompted this approach? In the 1940s Curitiba’s population was around 150,000 and by the 1980s, it was one million. This rapidly expanding city had little money to spend and therefore great wisdom and courage were required. Curitiba is now a city of two million and an inspiring example of urban development. This documentary tells the Curitiba story.
Wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street
$5 donations are accepted