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Flame and fortune in the American West : urban development, environmental change, and the great Oakland Hills fire

Author: Gregory Simon
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Critical environments (Oakland, Calif.), 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Flame and Fortune in the American West investigates the ongoing politics, folly, and avarice shaping the production of increasingly widespread yet dangerous suburban and exurban landscapes. The 1991 Oakland Hills Tunnel Fire is used as a starting point to better understand these complex social-environmental processes. The Tunnel Fire is the most destructive fire--in terms of structures lost--in California history.  Read more...
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Simon, Gregory, 1974-
Flame and fortune in the American West.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016036728
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Simon
ISBN: 9780520292802 0520292804 9780520292796 0520292790
OCLC Number: 945950222
Description: xii, 255 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The 1991 Tunnel Fire : the case for an affluence-vulnerability interface --
The changing American West : from "flammable landscape" to the "incendiary" --
Trailblazing : producing landscapes, extracting profits, inserting risk --
Setting the stage for disaster : revenue maximization, wealth protection, and its discontents --
Who's vulnerable? the politics of identifying, experiencing, and reducing risk --
Smoke screen : when explaining wildfires conceals the incendiary --
Debates of distraction : our inability to see the incendiary for the spark --
Dispatches from the field : win-win outcomes and the limits of post-wildfire mitigation --
Out of the ashes : the rise of disaster capitalism and financial opportunism --
Conclusion : from excavating to treating the incendiary.
Series Title: Critical environments (Oakland, Calif.), 1.
Responsibility: Gregory L. Simon.

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Investigates the ongoing politics, folly, and avarice shaping the production of increasingly widespread yet dangerous suburban and exurban landscapes. In this book, the 1991 Oakland Hills Tunnel Fire  Read more...

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