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

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

by Kent E. Portney, Kent Portney

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262162135
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/03/2003
Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy Series
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kent E. Portney is Professor and Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously (MIT Press).

Table of Contents

Series Forewordvii
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Sustainability, Sustainable Economic Development, and Sustainable Communities: The Conceptual Foundations of Sustainable Cities1
2Measuring the Seriousness of Sustainable Communities31
3The Environment, Energy, and Sustainable Cities77
4The Economic Development Side of Sustainability: Growth versus Smart Growth101
5The Communitarian Foundations of Sustainable Cities: A Solution to the Tragedy of the Commons, the NIMBY Syndrome, and Transboundary Impacts?125
6Is a Sustainable City a More Egalitarian Place? Sustainable Communities, Environmental Equity, and Social Justice157
7Cities That Take Sustainability Seriously? A Profile of Eight Cities177
8Sustainable Cities in Practice: More Cities, More Questions221
References251
Index271

What People are Saying About This

Richard C. Feiock

A welcome corrective to the conventional wisdom about the relationship between sustainability and economic development. The first edition has become essential reading for students and practitioners of urban politics and environmental policy. In this thoroughly revised second edition Portney hones his arguments and updates his evidence to provide a road map for the next generation of sustainable cities. An essential read!

Matt Slavin

In Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously, Kent Portney reaffirms his reputation as the nation's foremost empiricist in explaining the urban sustainability movement in the U.S. Whether you're a policy maker, professional, student or activist, you need to read this book if you want to understand how cities like Portland, Seattle and San Francisco have translated sometimes abstract concepts into practical and effective policy solutions in sustainable land use, energy, and transportation.

Daniel A. Mazmanian

Portney's book is essential reading for anyone interested the sustainable cities movement in the United States. For scholars it provides a valuable conceptual framework and impressive empirical analysis. For practitioners and activists it provides a wealth of insights and illuminating examples from cities in the forefront of the movement, as well as critical benchmarks by which their own efforts can be gauged.

Ernest J. Yanarella

In this extensively revised edition of his pioneering 2003 book on sustainable cites, Kent Portney has written a penetrating study of what a difference a decade has made in the building sustainable cities and what progress has been achieved in the scholarly literature on the theory and practice of urban sustainability in America. Portney not only combines his original approach to indexing the extent to which select American cities have taken sustainable city development seriously with new modeling techniques to explain why some cities are leaders in this continuing urban movement; he further updates earlier qualitative case studies of this expanding phenomenon. The result is a book that takes sustainable city studies to a new level, establishing him (again) as one of the premier students of this critical research and policy topic.

Endorsement

Portney's book is essential reading for anyone interested the sustainable cities movement in the United States. For scholars it provides a valuable conceptual framework and impressive empirical analysis. For practitioners and activists it provides a wealth of insights and illuminating examples from cities in the forefront of the movement, as well as critical benchmarks by which their own efforts can be gauged.

Daniel A. Mazmanian, Bedrosian Chair in Governance, University of Southern California

From the Publisher

A welcome corrective to the conventional wisdom about the relationship between sustainability and economic development. The first edition has become essential reading for students and practitioners of urban politics and environmental policy. In this thoroughly revised second edition Portney hones his arguments and updates his evidence to provide a road map for the next generation of sustainable cities. An essential read!

Richard C. Feiock , Augustus B. Turnbull Professor of Public Administration and the Jerry Collins Eminent Scholar Chair, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University

In this extensively revised edition of his pioneering 2003 book on sustainable cites, Kent Portney has written a penetrating study of what a difference a decade has made in the building sustainable cities and what progress has been achieved in the scholarly literature on the theory and practice of urban sustainability in America. Portney not only combines his original approach to indexing the extent to which select American cities have taken sustainable city development seriously with new modeling techniques to explain why some cities are leaders in this continuing urban movement; he further updates earlier qualitative case studies of this expanding phenomenon. The result is a book that takes sustainable city studies to a new level, establishing him (again) as one of the premier students of this critical research and policy topic.

Ernest J. Yanarella , Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky, and coauthor of The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability

In Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously , Kent Portney reaffirms his reputation as the nation's foremost empiricist in explaining the urban sustainability movement in the U. S. Whether you're a policy maker, professional, student or activist, you need to read this book if you want to understand how cities like Portland, Seattle and San Francisco have translated sometimes abstract concepts into practical and effective policy solutions in sustainable land use, energy, and transportation.

Matt Slavin , President, Sustainability Consulting Group and editor, Sustainability in America's Cities

Portney's book is essential reading for anyone interested the sustainable cities movement in the United States. For scholars it provides a valuable conceptual framework and impressive empirical analysis. For practitioners and activists it provides a wealth of insights and illuminating examples from cities in the forefront of the movement, as well as critical benchmarks by which their own efforts can be gauged.

Daniel A. Mazmanian , Bedrosian Chair in Governance, University of Southern California

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