- "Finding the Bronx River"scene 4 of common green/common ground
(Standing up) Majora lived just a few blocks from the Bronx River but she had never seen it.
I see buildings and smoke stacks
mounds of garbage
smoke coming out of factories
waste treatment facility
scrap metal lots.
I know there must be a river behind all that-beyond all that-but I can't see it.
Don't go down there, Majora.
It's not safe JASMIN: girls don't go down there
there's crack dens
burned out buildings
pushers and pimps.
No way you can go down there, girl.
There's no access.
One day she was walking her dog past the chain link fences and the dumps, and he led her down an alley and around some buildings and...
And she saw the river (each one slowly clears away the person in front to see).
She found it
the Bronx river
I had never seen the river
I had never been to the water
I had never touched the water
(Joining the group) There it is.
Majora decided that everyone in the neighborhood should see the river.
Let's clean it up! [End Page 140]
Wealthy neighborhoods are doing amazing things with their waterfronts.
Let's make a park!
With a boathouse, an ecology center, maybe even a little café.
A place where you can go canoeing
and put on plays
and see the sunset
and catch fish.
So Majora got a grant,
(Joining her) and lots of help from her friends at The Point!
They hauled out hundreds of tires
acres of dry wall
yards of fences.
They pulled things out of that river I couldn't even describe
and they created a riverside park
on a little strip of an abandoned street
in Hunt's Point,
part of the new South Bronx.
And that's the story of how Majora Carter found the Bronx River.
(Latin percussion takes them off.)
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