Motor City Green: A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit

Motor City Green: A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit

by Joseph S. Cialdella

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Motor City Green is a history of green spaces in metropolitan Detroit from the late nineteenth- to early twenty-first century. The book focuses primarily on the history of gardens and parks in the city of Detroit and its suburbs in southeast Michigan. Cialdella argues Detroit residents used green space to address problems created by the city’s industrial rise and decline, and racial segregation and economic inequality. As the city’s social landscape became increasingly uncontrollable, Detroiters turned to parks, gardens, yards, and other outdoor spaces to relieve the negative social and environmental consequences of industrial capitalism. Motor City Green looks to the past to demonstrate how today’s urban gardens in Detroit evolved from, but are also distinct from, other urban gardens and green spaces in the city’s past. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822987024
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Joseph Cialdella is the program manager for public scholarship at the University of Michigan.  

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Greening Detroit’s History One: Parks and Potatoes Two: “You Cannot Grow Lilies in Ash-Barrels” Three: Greener Pastures Four: Metropolitan Parks and Regional Inequality Five: Community Gardening and Urban Revitalization Epilogue: Learning with Detroit Notes Bibliography Index

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