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John Paget: Local Film Maker Produces CNU Video Winner

Local independent filmmaker John Paget, partner to Nelson Starr’s True Blue Buffalo series, All Access Pass with Nelson Starr, has been declared winner of The Congress for New Urbanism CNU 17 video contest for his short, Built to Last (embedded below). 

No less pithy than his work with Starr, this short film explores the connection between New Urbanism and environmental issues.
Created by Paget with First+Main Media (Drew Ward, Chris Elisara and John Paget), the film takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how cul-de-sacs threaten life on earth.

Built to Last made me laugh out
loud,” said John Norquist, president and CEO of the Congress for the New
Urbanism, which offered the submitter of the winning entry a complimentary
registration to this year’s leading gathering of urbanists,CNU 17, which runs
June 10-14th in Denver. “But this video is serious too. First + Main and Paget
Films show how New Urbanism is the convenient remedy, providing quality of life
and economic value while protecting the environment.”

A simple series of still frames and text get the point across quite cleanly concerning the advantages of walkable communities, while making sprawl a very bad word.  The images are stark and recognizable, and the questions, relevant.
Watch for yourself, and see if Paget’s ideal neighborhoods look good to you.  Sprawl, the film avers, is built for extinction, whereas new urbanism is built to last.
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