Small, Gritty, and Green The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World

ISBN-10: 0262525313

ISBN-13: 9780262525312

Edition: 2013

Authors: Catherine Tumber

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America's once-vibrant small-to-midsize cities -- Syracuse, Worcester, Akron, Flint,Rockford, and others -- increasingly resemble urban wastelands. Gutted by deindustrialization,outsourcing, and middle-class flight, disproportionately devastated by metro freeway systems thatlaid waste to the urban fabric and displaced the working poor, small industrial cities seem to bepart of America's past, not its future. And yet, Catherine Tumber argues in this provocative book,America's gritty Rust Belt cities could play a central role in a greener, low-carbon, relocalizedfuture.As we wean ourselves from fossil fuels and realize the environmental costsof suburban sprawl, we will see that small cities offer many assets for sustainable living notshared by their big city or small town counterparts, including population density and nearby,fertile farmland available for new environmentally friendly uses.Tumber traveledto twenty-five cities in the Northeast and Midwest -- from Buffalo to Peoria to Detroit to Rochester-- interviewing planners, city officials, and activists, and weaving their stories into thisexploration of small-scale urbanism. Smaller cities can be a critical part of a sustainable futureand a productive green economy. Small, Gritty, and Green will help us develop themoral and political imagination we need to realize this.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: Beloved Communities, Benighted Times
Against "Shapeless Giantism"
Megadreams and Small City Realities: Trafficking in Transportation Planning
"It Takes the Whole Region to Make the City": Agriculture on the Urban Fringe and Beyond
Framing Urban Farming
Making Good: Renewables and the Revival of Smaller Industrial Cities
Roots of Knowledge: Local Economics, Urban Scale, and Schooling for Civic Renewal
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