Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities / Edition 2

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Overview

Today most major cities have undertaken some form of sustainability initiative. Yet there have been few systematic comparisons across cities, or theoretically grounded considerations of what works and what does not, and why. In
Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously, Kent
Portney addresses this gap, offering a comprehensive overview and analysis of sustainability programs and policies in American cities. After discussing the conceptual underpinnings of sustainability, he examines the local aspects of sustainability; considers the measurement of sustainability and offers an index of
"serious" sustainability for the fifty-five largest cities in the country;
examines the relationship between sustainability and economic growth; and discusses issues of governance, equity, and implementation. He also offers extensive case studies, with separate chapters on large, medium-size, and small cities, and provides an empirically grounded analysis of why some large cities are more ambitious than others in their sustainability efforts. This second edition has been updated throughout, with new material that draws on the latest research. It also offers numerous additional case studies, a new chapter on management and implementation issues, and a greatly expanded comparative analysis of big-city sustainability initiatives. Portney shows how cities use the broad rubric of sustainability to achieve particular political ends, and he dispels the notion that only cities that are politically liberal are interested in sustainability.
Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously draws a roadmap for effective sustainability initiatives.

The MIT Press

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"The focus on 'communities' in this book is perhaps an important guide to the future." Sylvia Karlsson Environment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262518277
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 706,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kent E. Portney is Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of a number of books, including The Rebirth of Urban Democracy and Acting Civically: From Local
Neighborhoods to Higher Education
.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Sustainability, Sustainable Economic Development, and Sustainable Communities: The Conceptual Foundations of Sustainable Cities 1
2 Measuring the Seriousness of Sustainable Communities 31
3 The Environment, Energy, and Sustainable Cities 77
4 The Economic Development Side of Sustainability: Growth versus Smart Growth 101
5 The Communitarian Foundations of Sustainable Cities: A Solution to the Tragedy of the Commons, the NIMBY Syndrome, and Transboundary Impacts? 125
6 Is a Sustainable City a More Egalitarian Place? Sustainable Communities, Environmental Equity, and Social Justice 157
7 Cities That Take Sustainability Seriously? A Profile of Eight Cities 177
8 Sustainable Cities in Practice: More Cities, More Questions 221
References 251
Index 271
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