Rivertown: Rethinking Urban Rivers

Rivertown: Rethinking Urban Rivers

by Paul Stanton Kibel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262612194

ISBN-13: 9780262612197

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: MIT Press

Today's urban riverfronts are changing. The decline of river commerce and riverside industry has made riverfront land once used for warehouses, factories, and loading docks available for open space, parks, housing, and nonindustrial uses.
Urban rivers, which once functioned as open sewers for cities, are now seen as part of larger watershed ecosystems.

Overview

Today's urban riverfronts are changing. The decline of river commerce and riverside industry has made riverfront land once used for warehouses, factories, and loading docks available for open space, parks, housing, and nonindustrial uses.
Urban rivers, which once functioned as open sewers for cities, are now seen as part of larger watershed ecosystems. Rivertown examines urban river restoration efforts across the United States, presenting case studies from Los Angeles; Washington,
D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Chicago; Salt Lake City; and San Jose. It also analyzes the roles of the federal government (in particular, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
and citizen activism in urban river politics. A postscript places New Orleans's experience with Hurricane Katrina in the broader context of the national riverside land-use debate. Each case study in Rivertown considers the critical questions of who makes decisions about our urban rivers, who pays to implement these decisions,
and who ultimately benefits or suffers from these decisions. In Los Angeles, for example, local nonprofit and academic research groups played crucial roles, whereas
Chicago relied on a series of engineering interventions. Some cases--such as the innovative cooperative framework adopted to address problems in the Guadalupe River watershed--offer models for other areas. In each case, authors evaluate the ecological issues and consider urban river restoration projects in relation to other urban economic and environmental initiatives in the region. Rivertown is a valuable resource for urban planners and citizen groups as well as for scholars.Paul Stanton
Kibel is Director of Policy West, a public policy consultancy, and an environmental and water rights attorney with Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley. He is Adjunct
Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he also directs the City
Parks Project, and teaches water policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy,
University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Earth on Trial:
Environmental Law on the International Stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262612197
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Bankside Urban: An Introduction   Paul Stanton Kibel     1
Bankside Los Angeles   Robert Gottlieb   Andrea Misako Azuma     23
Bankside Washington, D.C.   Uwe Steven Brandes     47
Bankside Chicago   Christopher Theriot   Kelly Tzoumis     67
Bankside Salt Lake City   Ron Love     85
Bankside San Jose   Richard Roos-Collins     111
Bankside Federal   Melissa Samet     143
Bankside Citizens   Mike Houck     179
Bankside Katrina: A Postscript   Paul Stanton Kibel     197
Bibliography     205
Contributors     207
Credits     209
Index     211

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