Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities

Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities

by Barbara Eckstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262550431

ISBN-13: 9780262550437

Pub. Date: 07/06/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

Story and Sustainability explores the role of story in planning theory and practice, with the goal of creating U.S. cities able to balance competing claims for economic growth, environmental health, and social justice. In the book, urban practitioners and scholars from fields as diverse as American studies, English, geography, history, planning, and criminal

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Story and Sustainability explores the role of story in planning theory and practice, with the goal of creating U.S. cities able to balance competing claims for economic growth, environmental health, and social justice. In the book, urban practitioners and scholars from fields as diverse as American studies, English, geography, history, planning, and criminal justice reflect critically on the traditional exclusionary power of storytelling and on its potential to facilitate the transformations of imagination, theory, and practice necessary to create sustainable, democratic American cities.The book begins with an editors' introduction identifying story, sustainable U.S. cities, and democracy as the three key themes. Part I advances and refines these concepts, connects them to contemporary U.S. urban planning, and provides tools that can be used when reading and interpreting the texts in part II. Part II exemplifies, amplifies, and modifies the key themes and arguments through the presentation of eight texts: theoretical and experiential, academic and nonacademic, expository and narrative, and familiar and unfamiliar. The combined focus on story and urban sustainability makes this book a unique contribution to planning literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262550437
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/06/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction: Blueprint Blues1
IStorytelling, Sustainability, Democracy, and the American City9
1Making Space: Stories in the Practice of Planning13
2Imagining Sustainable Places39
3Democracy, Storytelling, and the Sustainable City65
IIRaising Questions/Raising Cain79
4The Old Neighborhood87
5Ceola's Vision, Our Blessing: The Story of an Evolving Community-University Partnership in East St. Louis, Illinois113
6Dreaming the Sustainable City: Organizing Hope, Negotiating Fear, Mediating Memory143
7In Search of a New Landfill Sire167
8Narrative and Other Tools185
9The Peninsula195
10Tales of a Geographer-Planner207
11The Meanest Streets227
Notes243
References249
Index261

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