Land That Could Be Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0262692708

ISBN-13: 9780262692700

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

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Description: In this book environmentalist and lawyer William Shutkin describes a new kind of environmental and social activism spreading across the nation, one that joins the pursuit of environmental quality with that of civic health and sustainable local economies. In the face of challenges posed by often corrosive market forces and widespread social disaffection, this civic environmentalism is creating nothing less than a new public discourse and dynamic social vision grounded in environmental action. Shutkin points the way to vibrant, sustainable communities through four inspiring examples of civic environmentalism in action: the redevelopment of contaminated urban land for agriculture in inner-city Boston, mass-transit-based development and waterfront restoration in Oakland, protection of open space and conservation-based development in rural Colorado, and smart-growth and sustainability strategies in suburban New Jersey. The book's underlying message is that the nation's environmental health is a critical factor in its success as a vital democracy. Social health, democratic community, and environmentalism, Shutkin shows, are one.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

William Shutkin is President and CEO of the Orton Family Foundation and a Research Affiliatein the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
All Things Merge into One: Environmentalism and Civic Life
The Physics of Civics, or The Environmental Consequences of Civic Decline
The Land That Could Be: American Environmentalism and the Pursuit of Sustainable Communities
Urban Agriculture in Boston's Dudley Neighborhood: A Modern Twist on Jefferson's Dream
Oakland's Fruitvale Transit Village: Building an Environmentally Sound Vehicle for Neighborhood Revitalization
Community-Based Conservation and Conservation-Based Development in Rural Colorado
Smart Growth, Community Planning, and Cooperation in Suburban New Jersey
Coming Full Circle: An Emerging Model of Environmentalism and Democracy
Notes
Index
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