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Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World (Urban and Industrial Environments)

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America's once-vibrant small-to-midsize cities — Syracuse, Worcester, Akron, Flint, Rockford, and others — increasingly resemble urban wastelands. Gutted by deindustrialization, outsourcing, and middle-class flight, disproportionately devastated by metro freeway systems that laid waste to the urban fabric and displaced the working poor, small industrial cities seem to be part of America's past, not its future. And yet, Catherine Tumber argues in this provocative book, America's gritty Rust Belt cities could play a central role in a greener, low-carbon, relocalized future.

As we wean ourselves from fossil fuels and realize the environmental costs of suburban sprawl, we will see that small cities offer many assets for sustainable living not shared by their big city or small town counterparts, including population density and nearby, fertile farmland available for new environmentally friendly uses.

Tumber traveled to twenty-five cities in the Northeast and Midwest — from Buffalo to Peoria to Detroit to Rochester — interviewing planners, city officials, and activists, and weaving their stories into this exploration of small-scale urbanism. Smaller cities can be a critical part of a sustainable future and a productive green economy. Small, Gritty, and Green will help us develop the moral and political imagination we need to realize this.

About the Author

Catherine Tumber, a journalist and historian, is the author of American Feminism and the Birth of New Age Spirituality: Searching for the Higher Self, 1875--1915. She is a Research Affiliate in the Community Innovators Lab in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262016698
Subtitle:
The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World
Author:
Tumber, Catherine
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Copyright:
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments Small, Gritty, and Green
Publication Date:
20111110
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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