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Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape Bill Belleville

Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape

Bill Belleville

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ISBN : 9780813035024
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224 pages
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Balancing the use of natural resources with preservation is of major concern across the country, but especially in Florida, one of the nations fastest growing states. Losing It All to Sprawl is the chronicle of award-winning nature writer BillMoreBalancing the use of natural resources with preservation is of major concern across the country, but especially in Florida, one of the nations fastest growing states. Losing It All to Sprawl is the chronicle of award-winning nature writer Bill Belleville and how he came to understand and love his historic farmhouse and relic neighborhood, even as it was all wiped out from under him. As tractors and backhoes encircle Belleville and his community - the noise growing louder and closer, displacing everything Belleville has called home for the past fifteen years - he tells a story that is much older, 10,000 years older. The saga stretches back to the Timucua and the Mayaca living in harmony with Floridas environment- the conquistadors in the exotic and dangerous land of flowers- the turn-of-the-century tourists modernizing and climatizing the state- the original Cracker families who lived in Bellevilles farmhouse. The millennia-long transformation is starkly contrasted by the whiplash of unbridled growth and development threatening the nearby wilderness of the Wekiva River system, consuming Bellevilles home and, ultimately, his very sense of place. In Losing It All to Sprawl, Belleville accounts for the impacts - social, political, natural, personal - that a community in the crosshairs of unsustainable growth must ultimately bear, but he also offers Floridians, and anyone facing the blight of urban confusion, the hope that can be found in the rediscovery and appreciation of our natural landscapes.