New Urban Cowboy:
Toward a New Pedestrianism


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On a sweltering day in August 2001, a stranger appeared in a crime-ridden Florida neighborhood known as “Cracktown.” Armed only with big ideas and determination, artist/urban designer/developer Michael E. Arth saved this slum from a date with the wrecking ball. Reborn as The Garden District, it is now a living laboratory demonstrating Michael’s New Pedestrianism, an ecological and pedestrian-friendly vision for new towns and neighborhoods.

Take a trip into the wild frontier of real estate in this inspiring and educational documentary that answers the questions, “What can one person do about the world’s problems?”

The official DVD release date is April 2008. A feature-length documentary, originally shot in high definition, is available in DVD, and will soon be available in Blu-Ray.

The DVD includes the 83 minute feature, trailer, bonus selections, and deleted scenes. Original language is English, with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese.

Michael E. Arth is an artist, home, landscape & urban designer, green builder, social activist and analyst, filmmaker, futurist, public speaker, and author. Additionally, he rebuilt 32 homes and businesses in a former slum in DeLand, FL, turning it into the Historic Garden District. In 1999 he founded New Pedestrianism, a more ecological and pedestrian-oriented branch of New Urbanism.

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New Urban Cowboy is the first in a trilogy of feature-length documentaries, concerned with social, political, and philosophical issues. These documentaries will include interviews with leading philosophers and scientists. Two more films are forthcoming in 2008 or early 2009:

The Labors of Hercules: Modern Solutions to 12 Herculean Problems. Michael E. Arth takes the myth of the labors of Hercules and compares it to 12 modern problems. Practical and innovative solutions are offered.

UNICE: Universal Network of Intelligent Conscious Entities, a startling wake up call about the accelerating pace of information-based technologies and the possibility that it will soon lead to UNICE (a self-aware hive mind that interacts with individual humans and other entities), which will in turn have unprecedented implications for the future of the human race.


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