Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  57 minutes
Date:  2001
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Save Our Land, Save Our Towns

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Examines the causes and effects of -- and then remedies for -- suburban sprawl.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns

Vibrant towns or sprawl? Small town newsman (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Tom Hylton explores how America can save its cities, towns, and countryside in this one-hour program.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns taps into a growing concern about sprawl among ordinary Americans. A poll by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism recently found that sprawl ranks with crime, taxes, and education as the top domestic concern of citizens across the country.

Americans are frustrated with traffic congestion, angry about the loss of open space, and perplexed by the decline of America's cities. Many think sprawl is inevitable. But it's not.

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns is a story of hope -- logical reasons why America's towns can be rebuilt and its countryside preserved from strip malls and subdivisions. The program is designed to be engaging and personal -- a voyage of discovery, rather than a mere recitation of facts, with moments of revelation, humor and emotion.

Filmed in Pennsylvania, England, Oregon, and North Carolina.

'Development and zoning issues normally make the eyes glaze...Tom Hylton makes them downright fascinating...You'll never look at a city or suburb the same way again.' Philadelphia Daily News

'This superb documentary examines causes and effects of...expanding suburban sprawl.' TV Guide

'Brightly written, tightly organized and cleverly illustrated, and if Hylton doesn't have suburbanites hanging For Sale signs on their McMansions at the end of the show, he may at least have them thinking about it.' Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

'Highly recommended...' MC Journal

'A compelling examination of the causes and effects of suburban sprawl, along with thoughtful recommendations and effective solutions for curbing the environmental and social consequences of this high-profile issue.' Midwest Book Review

'Save Our Lands is a valuable tool in the war against sprawl.' Ross Moldoff, APA Journal


Best of Category, EarthVision International Environmental Video Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
National Governors' Conference
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Black Bear Film Festival


Main credits

Eitzen, Dirk (film producer)
Eitzen, Dirk (film director)
Hylton, Thomas (host)

Other credits

Photographer, Max Zug, Sid Fox; music Simon Andrews.

Distributor credits

Thomas Hylton

Thomas Hylton
Dirk Eitzen
Hosted by Thomas Hylton

Docuseek2 subjects

Urban Studies
Human Geography
Resource Planning and Management
Local Economies
Government Policy
American Studies
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

Air Pollution
American Studies
Environmental Ethics
Land Use
Local Economies
Public Policy
Science, Technology, Society
Social Studies
Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning


suburban sprawl, land use, public policy,"Save Our Land, Save Our Towns",Bullfrog Films

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