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

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

by William A. Shutkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262692708

ISBN-13: 9780262692700

Pub. Date: 10/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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.From the author's preface :"This book asserts that environmentalism is as much about protecting ordinary places as it is about preserving wilderness areas; as much about promoting civic engagement as it is about pursuing environmental litigation; and as much about implementing sound economic development strategies as it is about negotiating global climate change treaties. Ultimately, I
believe, environmentalism is nothing less than about our conception of ourselves as a social and political community -- what the bald eagle, our national symbol, really means."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262692700
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxix
Introduction1
1All Things Merge into One: Environmentalism and Civic Life21
2The Physics of Civics, or The Environmental Consequences of Civic Decline45
3The Land That Could Be: American Environmentalism and the Pursuit of Sustainable Communities89
4Urban Agriculture in Boston's Dudley Neighborhood: A Modern Twist on Jefferson's Dream143
5Oakland's Fruitvale Transit Village: Building an Environmentally Sound Vehicle for Neighborhood Revitalization167
6Community-Based Conservation and Conservation-Based Development in Rural Colorado189
7Smart Growth, Community Planning, and Cooperation in Suburban New Jersey209
8Coming Full Circle: An Emerging Model of Environmentalism and Democracy237
Notes245
Index263

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