PARADISE, Calif. - More bulldozers mean more building.
While many hope to see Paradise rebuild, people like Allen Myers are trying to make those wishes a reality.
Myers was born and raised in Paradise.
After losing every home he grew up in, he decided to start his own nonprofit organization called Regenerating Paradise.
The main goal of the organization is to work directly with the people on the ridge to help rebuild a new and improved Paradise community.
Myers commented, “You know, it was a disaster that reshaped the social and physical fabric of our community and people are coming together to say, ‘How can we do things better? How can we do things differently?’”
After two and a half years of talking with people just like him, they teamed up with the UC Davis Agriculture Department to help make these dreams come into reality.
The dream is to build sustainable and affordable housing in the area.
Myers continued, “We are really reimagining a community development and using the expertise of UC Davis to see what’s actually possible. So, if the idea and push is there from the community, UC Davis is going to guide us on developing a possible plan for that.”
While this would attract more people to the area and rebuild what once was, Myers hopes he and his team can eventually “Regenerate Paradise.”
“It’s amazing to look back on the past two and a half years and think how far we’ve come, where we have had this tremendous loss where we have been processing it and gathering and sharing ideas and hopes for the future,” he said.
While there is no set timetable for this project, right now organizers are talking about how much it will cost and where these homes will be built.
For more information about Regenerating Paradise and what they have done for the community so far, click here.