The connection between public health and the built environment. Dr. Jackson believes it is every citizen’s right to live in a clean, healthy environment. This isn’t the case for many low-income neighborhoods, built near big transportation hubs and former industrial cities like Oakland, CA and Detroit, MI. We meet a morbidly obese grandmother struggling to raise 7 grandchildren, all of whom have asthma from living near the Port of Oakland. The city of Detroit resembles an abandoned war zone. Yet, hope blossoms in both. Health officials, community activists and a new breed of young Urban Pioneers are working to fix their cities by transforming urban wilderness and food deserts into inspirational new models for other troubled communities.

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