Community and Identity in the New West
An authors and speakers series.
In Big Sur and throughout the West, a new economic wave spurred by the internet is causing dramatic impacts. Some immediately presenting issues: traffic congestion along Highway 1, workers’ housing, short-term rentals, the commercialization of neighborhoods, and the intrusion of helicopters, drones, and other electronic devices in the backcountry and in backcountry neighborhoods.
The Henry Miller Memorial Library will host Nowhere Is Our Real Home, a speakers series aimed at shedding light on the overall new economic wave itself – the “natural amenities economy”- while also addressing the specific local issues (listed above) that the new internet-driven economic wave is causing. The series began with author David Gessner on April 3 and resumes on the first Sunday in June. Speakers, so far scheduled to present, include Kenneth Brower (Not Man Apart), Don Usner, August 7 (The Natural History of Big Sur), and Malcolm Margolin, October 9 (tentative) (Life in a California Mission: Monterey in 1786).
We hope the series will create a forum or “conversation” in which members of our own community and other communities can share experiences, questions, insights, and strategies.