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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"[Tumber's] excellent new book…finds potential in many busted and booming-again cities." -- Scott Carlson,
Urbanite

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262525312
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 805,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian and journalist Catherine Tumber is a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern
University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, a Fellow of the
Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth's Gateway Cities Innovation
Institute, and a former Research Affiliate with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Community Innovators Lab.
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