Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City

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Los Angeles?the place without a sense of place, famous for sprawl and overdevelopment and defined by its car-clogged freeways?might seem inhospitable to ideas about connecting with nature and community. But in Reinventing Los Angeles, educator and activist RobertGottlieb describes how imaginative and innovative social movements have coalesced around the issues of water development, cars and freeways, and land use, to create a more livable and sustainable city. Gottlieb traces the emergence of Los Angeles as a ...

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Los Angeles—the place without a sense of place, famous for sprawl and overdevelopment and defined by its car-clogged freeways—might seem inhospitable to ideas about connecting with nature and community. But in Reinventing Los Angeles, educator and activist RobertGottlieb describes how imaginative and innovative social movements have coalesced around the issues of water development, cars and freeways, and land use, to create a more livable and sustainable city. Gottlieb traces the emergence of Los Angeles as a global city in the twentieth century and describes its continuing evolution today. He examines the powerful influences of immigration and economic globalization as they intersect with changes in the politics of water, transportation, and land use, and illustrates each of these core concerns with an account of grass roots and activist responses: efforts to reenvision the concrete-bound, fenced-off Los Angeles River as a natural resource; "Arroyofest," the closing of the Pasadena Freeway for a Sunday of walking and bike riding; and immigrants' initiatives to create urban gardens and connect with their countries of origin. Reinventing Los Angeles is a unique blend of personal narrative (Gottlieb himself participated in several of the grass roots actions described in the book) and historical and theoretical discussion. It provides a road map for a new environmentalism of everyday life,demonstrating the opportunities for renewal in a global city.Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. LuceProfessor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Director of the Urban and Environmental PolicyInstitute at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the author of Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change (MIT Press), Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of theAmerican Environmental Movement, and other books.

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"[Gottlieb's] richly informative book is really about flowof resources, people,historyand about how we all need to put our hands into that urban stream as participants directing community, a word he sensibly makes very nearly synonymous with environment."Orion

"No complaining diatribe, this book proffers solutions and heralds successful programs already in place...Gottlieb dissects and discusses origins, failures, successes, and future ramifications of nature, community, water, transportation, migration, and globalization in the city in a way that is neither preachy nor accusatory, but informative andI dare sayinspiring."Society & Architectural Historians News

"Robert Gottlieb has long been a pioneer in redefining environmentalism, turning ideas into action, and forging coalitions in the often murky atmosphere of Los Angeles. This book offers a timely account of the promising work in the City of Angels to forge a political movement that integrates social, economic, and environmental health."Jennifer Price ,author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262572439
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies at OccidentalCollege in Los Angeles. He is the author of Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring NewPathways for Change (2001), and Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (2007), both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
The Reinvention of Los Angeles: An Introduction     1
Nature in the City     17
Community in the City     57
Water for the City     95
Re-Envisioning the Los Angeles River     135
Cars and Freeways in the City     173
The Magic of ArroyoFest     215
City of Migrations     253
Social Change across Borders     291
Globalization from Below: A Conclusion     331
Notes     341
Index     407
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