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Sinking Chicago : climate change and the remaking of a flood-prone environment

Author: Harold L Platt
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Temple University Press, 2018. ©2018
Series: Urban life, landscape, and policy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Harold Platt shows how people responded to climate change in one American city over a hundred-and-fifty-year period. During a long dry spell before 1945, city residents lost sight of the connections between land use, flood control, and water quality. Then, a combination of suburban sprawl and a wet period of extreme weather events created damaging runoff surges that sank Chicago and contaminated drinking supplies  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Platt, Harold L.
Sinking Chicago.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017059175
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold L Platt
ISBN: 9781439915486 1439915482 9781439915493 1439915490
OCLC Number: 1004262014
Description: 295 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. The dry years. Introduction : cities, sprawl, and climate change --
The triumph of metropolitanism, 1885-1910 --
The defeat of conservationism, 1910-1920 --
The rise and fall of the American dream, 1920-1945 --
Part II. The wet years. The boom of suburban growth, 1945-1965 --
The bust of urban decline, 1965-1985 --
The rebirth of urban nature, 1985-2011 --
Conclusion : cities, adaptation, and climate change.
Series Title: Urban life, landscape, and policy.
Responsibility: Harold L. Platt.

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"Harold Platt shows how people responded to climate change in one American city over a hundred-and-fifty-year period. During a long dry spell before 1945, city residents lost sight of the connections between land use, flood control, and water quality. Then, a combination of suburban sprawl and a wet period of extreme weather events created damaging runoff surges that sank Chicago and contaminated drinking supplies with raw sewage. Chicagoans had to learn how to remake a city built on a prairie wetland. They organized a grassroots movement to protect the six river watersheds in the semi-sacred forest preserves from being turned into open sewers, like the Chicago River. The politics of outdoor recreation clashed with the politics of water management. Platt charts a growing constituency of citizens who fought a corrupt political machine to reclaim the region's waterways and Lake Michigan as a single eco-system. Environmentalists contested policymakers' heroic, big-technology approaches with small-scale solutions for a flood-prone environment. Sinking Chicago lays out a roadmap to future planning outcomes."--

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