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

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

by Catherine Tumber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262016699

ISBN-13: 9780262016698

Pub. Date: 11/30/2011

Publisher: MIT Press

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 that laid waste to the urban fabric and displaced the working poor, small industrial

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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 that laid waste to the urban fabric and displaced the working poor, small industrial cities seem to be part 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, relocalized future.

As we wean ourselves from fossil fuels and realize the environmental costs of suburban sprawl, we will see that small cities offer many assets for sustainable living not shared by their big city or small town counterparts, including population density and nearby,fertile farmland available for new environmentally friendly uses.

Tumber traveled to 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 this exploration of small-scale urbanism. Smaller cities can be a critical part of a sustainable future and a productive green economy. Small, Gritty, and Green will help us develop the moral and political imagination we need to realize this.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262016698
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Beloved Communities, Benighted Times xv

1 Against "Shapeless Giantism" 1

2 Megadreams and Small City Realities: Trafficking in Transportation Planning 23

3 "It Takes the Whole Region to Make the City": Agriculture on the Urban Fringe and Beyond 37

4 Framing Urban Farming 65

5 Making Good: Renewables and the Revival of Smaller Industrial Cities 89

6 Roots of Knowledge: Local Economics, Urban Scale, and Schooling for Civic Renewal 119

Notes 141

Selected Bibliography 175

Index 195

Series List 213

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