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Opening Scene of New TV series ‘The North Pole’ Features Urban Farm

“In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.”

By Liz Pleasant
Yes Magazine
Sept 26, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

New series shows “the reality of the problem but also the joy, humor, and humanity that we’re trying to fight for in the first place.”

Healey: We make fun of the small, cultural side of gentrification. But at the end of the day, it’s the big players. It’s the developers. It’s the politicians. In the year since we’ve shot the show, the garden that’s in the very first scene—the urban farm—is no longer an urban farm. It’s being developed into condos.

It’s really easy to make fun of the gluten-free donuts. We do that all the time. And also, we eat the gluten-free donuts—let’s be honest. But that’s the easy stuff to make fun of. So we start there. But a lot of conversations about gentrification end there. Those things are signifiers to something deeper beneath the surface.

“We want to challenge people and inspire people to think of solutions in their own communities.”
So as the show goes on, we try to get to the real powers behind the throne. Who is making real money off of people getting evicted, people getting pushed out, communities getting polluted? Who is really making profit of off violence?

Read the complete article here.