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"Maria's school has a concrete playground with concrete walls. Her cousin's school in the country has grass and trees. Maria thinks it's time her class did something to change their school"--Back cover. Suggested level: primary.
If they are to survive, cities need healthy chunks of the world’s ecosystems to persist; yet cities, like parasites, grow and prosper by local destruction of these very ecosystems. In this absorbing and wide-ranging book, Eldredge and Horenstein use New York City as a microcosm to explore both the positive and the negative sides of the relationship between cities, the environment, and the future of global biodiversity. They illuminate the mass of contradictions that cities present in embodying the best and the worst of human existence. The authors demonstrate that, though cities have voracious appetites for resources such as food and water, they also represent the last hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world’s ecosystems and species. With their concentration of human beings, cities bring together centers of learning, research, government, finance, and media—institutions that increasingly play active roles in solving environmental problems. Some of the topics covered in Concrete Jungle: --The geological history of the New York region, including remnant glacial features visible today --The early days of urbanization on Manhattan Island, focusing on the history of Central Park, Collect Pond, and Manhattan Square --The history of early railway lines and the development of New York’s iconic subway system --The problem of producing enough safe drinking water for an ever-expanding population --Prominent civic institutions, including universities, museums, and zoos
Nia loves to dance around. She'll bust a move to any sound! She'll dance to any noise she hears, like construction workers in her ears. She loves tap, breakdancing, and hip hop too! But most of all she loves her concrete jungle boogaloo!
Moe Loves childhood and adolescent years were anything but normal. Growing up in the inner city, he experienced physical abuse at the hands of his parents and assault at the hands of a pedophile. At times, he felt as though the world had literally chewed him up and spit him out. In The Inner City Concrete Jungle, Moe delivers the story of his gut-wrenching experiences that molded and shaped the attitude and mindset of a young boy trying to survive and find the proper path to follow in an adult world laced with predators of all types and kinds. He was raised and nurtured in an atmosphere designed to produce bad decision making based upon self-hatred, as well as selfdestruction, yet disguised as success in the form of pimps and drug kingpins. This memoir tells how Love became a ruthless, cold-blooded drug lord after being exposed to life as a pimp. The Inner City Concrete Jungle narrates the beginning of his story, sharing his mistakes to enlighten others.
Roughly 80% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Cities offer anonymity to violent criminals as well as to those who value privacy. New digital technologies allow purveyors of hatred and assorted smut to enter our homes and pedophiles use the Internet to bait our children and victimize them. This book is designed to provide you with a tested methodology for being secure in the concrete jungle without slipping into paranoia or denial. You don’t have to be a just another crime statistic! About the Author Jim Wygand has provided seminars on personal security to companies, diplomats, government security personnel, schools, families and individuals for the past 18 years. He has been involved in the negotiation of several kidnaps and has written numerous articles and monographs on the issue of personal security. His method for avoiding violent crime is based on the same techniques employed by law enforcement, CIA, FBI, diplomatic and military personnel, to recognize and deal with possible danger. He has a strong personal reason for writing this book and he wants YOU and YOUR FAMILY to be safe. Jim Wygand is also the author of a novel entitled The Story of Charlie Mullins: The Man in the Middle.
Violence was a way of life for the girls of Mott Middle School in the South Bronx. Some woke up to it at home, and others dodged it on the way to school. Vicious physical fights broke out in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms. These girls filed their fingernails into sharp points because they had to be ready to go at any time. Then a new coach joined the ranks at Mott Middle, and a new program began: girl's softball. Astacio offers the girls the time and attention they need to take their first steps to success. As they learned to throw, hit and field, they also dealt with the foul balls life threw at them: unwanted pregnancies, abusive boyfriends, and unsupportive families. But the biggest challenge they faced was learning to think and act like a team, not just a bunch of fierce girls against each other—and the world. Lady Tigers is a story of coming together with faith, courage, and new-found values to overcome fear, violence, and doubt. These girls have ushered in a new confidence and pride not only in themselves, but in their school, the faculty, and their friends. And while not all of them have continued down this new path, many are now the first in their families to go to college and are beginning to see how being a Lady Tiger will always be a part of their lives.