When anti-runway campaigners squatted an old market garden near London's Heathrow, it caused quite a stir. From debate over whether the Transition Movement should leave politics at the door to a dawn raid on the eve of the Royal Wedding, there's been plenty of drama to follow.
But there's been a quieter, equally important version of this story—as witnessed by the neighbors who welcomed these squatters into their community—reclaiming abused and abandoned land and using it for the common good can have a powerful impact.
Now the folks behind the Crisis of Civilization film, whose cameras were there at the original occupation, have released a short film documenting how one piece of land can go from illegal rubbish dump to an important community resource.
Of course staunch defenders of property rights will baulk at any suggestion that abused land should be reclaimed for better purposes, but I must admit I find it hard to see this as anything but a good thing.