Produced by Jeff Gersh and Chelsea Congdon
DVD Purchase $30
US Release Date: 1999
Copyright Date: 1999
Awards and Festivals
Best Environmental Program, MountainFilm, Telluride
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Subdivide and Conquer (Home Video Version)|
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Suburban sprawl -- causes and remedies.
In the West, as in the rest of the country, sprawl is gobbling up the land. What makes it more shocking in the West is that it assaults our cultural myths about the frontier, its wide-open spaces and unique landscapes.
After examining the causes of sprawl and its devastating effect on our sense of community and the environment, SUBDIVIDE AND CONQUER suggests remedies, and shows examples of sound public policy and good land use planning. It seems that, when presented with a real choice, most of us want to live in distinct, well-designed neighborhoods, with all the amenities and attractions that they provide, and where we don't have to spend inordinate amounts of time in our cars.
"For its first-rate script and score, great production values, and useful suggestions, I highly recommend that you 'head this one up and move it on out' to your video shelves."
"More than merely showing the contradictions of the American Dream in its simultaneous romanticization and destruction of nature, Subdivide and Conquer provides a multidimensional critique and various alternatives to one of the greatest environmental problems facing the U.S. today."
Joe Bandy, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College
"An excellent introduction to the social, political and environmental problems of urban sprawl...Excellently suited for junior or senior level classes in environmental studies at the high school level, or college level classes in modern history, environmental studies, urban studies, interdisciplinary classes that include the above topics."
Kate Foss-Mollan, PhD., author of Hard Water: Politics and Water Supply in Milwaukee
"An entertaining and informative look at the forces that drive development and lead to urban sprawl...Though SUBDIVIDE AND CONQUER maintains a regional focus, the process described in this program applies to the country as a whole."
Todd Gardner, PhD, University of Minnesota, author of The Metropolitan Fringe : Suburbanization in the United States Before World War II