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Neighborhood as refuge : community reconstruction, place remaking, and environmental justice in the city

Author: Isabelle Anguelovski
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014] ©2014
Series: Urban and industrial environments.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Environmental justice as studied in a variety of disciplines is most often associated with redressing disproportionate exposure to pollution, contamination, and toxic sites. In Neighborhood as Refuge, Isabelle Anguelovski takes a broader view of environmental justice, examining wide-ranging comprehensive efforts at neighborhood environmental revitalization that include parks, urban agriculture, fresh food markets,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isabelle Anguelovski
ISBN: 9780262026925 0262026929 9780262525695 0262525690
OCLC Number: 856076011
Awards: Winner of Honorable Mention, 2015 Paul Davidoff Book Award given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2015
Description: xiii, 276 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Environmental justice, urban development, and place identity --
Stories of neighborhood abandonment, degradation, and transformation --
Holistic community reconstruction and tactical choices --
Place remaking through environmental recovery and revitalization --
Advancing broader political agendas : spatial justice, land and border control, and deepening democracy --
Conclusion : toward a new framework for place-based urban environmental justice and community health.
Series Title: Urban and industrial environments.
Responsibility: Isabelle Anguelovski.

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Environmental justice as studied in a variety of disciplines is most often associated with redressing disproportionate exposure to pollution, contamination, and toxic sites. In Neighborhood as Refuge, Isabelle Anguelovski takes a broader view of environmental justice, examining wide-ranging comprehensive efforts at neighborhood environmental revitalization that include parks, urban agriculture, fresh food markets, playgrounds, housing, and waste management. She investigates and compares three minority, low-income neighborhoods that organized to improve environmental quality and livability: Casc Antic, in Barcelona; Dudley, in the Roxbury section of Boston; and Cayo Hueso, in Havana. Despite the differing histories and political contexts of these three communities, Anguelovski finds similar patterns of activism. She shows that behind successful revitalization efforts is what she calls "bottom to bottom" networking, powered by broad coalitions of residents, community organizations, architects, artists, funders, political leaders, and at times environmental advocacy groups. Anguelovski also describes how, overtime, environmental projects provide psychological benefits, serving as a way to heal a marginalized and environmentally traumatized urban neighborhood. They encourage a sense of rootedness and of attachment to place, creating safe havens that offer residents a space for recovery. They also help to bolster residents' ability to deal with the negative dynamics of discrimination and provide spaces for broader political struggles including gentrification. Drawing on the cases of Barcelona, Boston, and Havana, Anguelovski presents a new holistic framework for understanding environmental justice action in cities, with the right to a healthy community environment at its core.

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