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  Arth, Michael E.
<-  2010-01-01  
NameMichael E. Arth
Address302 South Hayden Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32724, United States
Website [Link]
Born April 27, 1953 (67 years)
Last ModifedE Pluribus Unum
Nov 09, 2018 12:19pm
InfoPolicy Analyst and Urban Designer

The oldest of seven children, Michael E. Arth left home at age 17 to begin a 39–year–long career in the fields of art, architecture, urban design, and policy analysis. Michael has traveled and lived in various places around the world, and spent the greater part of 20 years working as a home/landscape/urban designer and builder in California. In 2001 Michael moved with his wife Maya to DeLand, Florida and bought 32 crumbling homes and businesses in what was then known as “Cracktown.”

Today Michael, Maya, and their daughter Sophia live in his newly christened Downtown DeLand's Historic Garden District. Crime dropped precipitously, and the neighborhood is an example of how to rebuild, reuse, and recycle the decaying inner cities, while also maintaining ethnic and economic diversity. Michael's various awards include having both the City of Deland and the County of Volusia name November 12, 2002, “Michael Arth Day.”

Through his New Pedestrianism movement he also made a practical demonstration in the Garden District of how to both design and build new towns and neighborhoods. He has been a strong advocate for more effective and compassionate treatment of the homeless, the mentally disabled, and those suffering from substance abuse. His Villages for the Homeless organization explains how to end homelessness while also spending less money, improving public safety, and vastly reducing the prison population.

Working privately as a public policy analyst and futurist for over 15 years, Michael has been researching and writing a two-volume set of books titled The Labors of Hercules: Modern Solutions to 12 Herculean Problems. A large format book of his artwork, Michael E. Arth: Introspective 1972–1982, was published in 1983.

An award-winning feature documentary, New Urban Cowboy: Toward a New Pedestrianism, about his life and the Garden District project was released in 2008.


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