Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics-as-Usual

Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics-as-Usual

by Clive Doucet

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Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics-as-Usual by Clive Doucet

Stopping global warming isn't about better planning, it's about politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550923476
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 469 KB

About the Author

Clive Doucet is a City Councillor in Ottawa. Previously a federal pubic servant, he was Manager of Communications for the Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation's Demonstration Group Projects. A lifelong city activist, he is also a poet and writer with numerous books, articles and awards to his credit.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     xi
A Poet Goes to City Hall     1
Global Cities and Horse and Buggy Nations     3
Neighborhoods to Love     11
The Barbell Society and Just-in-Time Delivery     25
From Mont Tremblant to Ski Tremblant     37
Along Bayswater Street     43
Urban Villages     47
It ain't Planning. It's Politics     57
Citizenship versus Faithship     65
The Idea of Progress and Why We Got it Wrong     71
The Mayor of Hiroshima and Intimations of God     73
The Idea of Progress and the First Nations     79
Biological and Social Phase Transitions     89
Cod, Government and the Transpiration Cycle     99
Care of the Soul/Care of the City/Care for the Planet     105
1984-2004: Poets and Visions     111
Cape Breton Beaches and the Gulf of Mexico     117
Trying to Create a New Order of Things     121
The Rise of Cities and Decline of the Planet     123
689 Spadina and Coming of Age in Toronto     143
The 1960s: A global paradigm shift that never happened and how the same pattern is repeating itself     161
The World Social Forum II and Trying toChange Things     183
The World Social Forum III and Failing to Change Things     189
Saving the World with Stephen Lewis?     195
The Bush Bubble Comes to Ottawa     203
Jean de La Fontaine     207
Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual     215
Epilogue     233
Endnotes     239
Bibliography     243
Index     246
About the Author     251

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