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From the Publisher"From L.A. to New Orleans to Washington, D.C., America's urban waterways are in trouble. This remarkable book gets behind the history, politics, and science of the problem and suggests fresh and intelligent ways to reclaim city landscapes. The stakes are high: environmental stability, social justice, and (for some coastal areas) long-term survival." Robert R. M.
Verchick , Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University NewOrleans
" Rivertown is a significant and original contribution to the literature on the restoration of urban rivers. It offers multiple case studies and viewpoints.
Although all the contributors are strong advocates for river restoration in some form, they differ in their experiences, their ultimate goals, their levels of satisfaction with recent accomplishments, and their suggested approaches to the problem of wounded (or buried) waterways in our cities."Patrick Malone , Department of American Civilization, and UrbanStudies, Brown University
"Paul Kibel"s book recounts urban rivers in pipes, engineered to flow backwards,locked in concrete, lethal to native fish, and forgotten in the neighborhoods of the poor. He does the valuable service of giving us interesting cases on the new American frontier: returning the environment to people who live in cities. The book describes a new hope for the citizen or professional who wants to improve the quality of life in some of the most unlikely places."Ann L. Riley , Watershed and River Restoration Advisor, San Francisco BayRegion Water Quality Control Board