Will Durst, Our Towns premieres nationally on January 26th, 1999 (check your local listings).
In this hour-long PBS special, "Our Towns" host Will Durst travels the country's metropolises and small towns to meet hardworking Americans dedicated to building healthier communities.
We follow a city librarian with a passion for bringing knowledge and new technology to her patrons; a pizzeria owner who has stayed committed to his neighborhood and loyal customers throughout five decades of industry booms and busts; and a few unlikely professionals who improved the quality of life for working families amidst exponential growth in their city. The people we will encounter share their hard-learned lessons for communities' growth and survival -- and offer some smart solutions for the towns and cities where we live and work.Welcome to Our Towns. For a closer look, go on the road with the Livelyhood crew to:
Seattle, Washington, where one man helped saved the ailing public school system.
Alliance, Nebraska, where two women commited to maintaining their small-town quality of life found a creative business solution to living, and working, in rural America.
San Jose, California, where workers, civic leaders, labor unions and others embarked on a public dialogue that led to the establishment of a "living wage."