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Green gentrification : urban sustainability and the struggle for environmental justice

Author: Kenneth Alan Gould; Tammy L Lewis
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017. ©2017
Series: Routledge, equity, justice, and the sustainable city series.
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Green Gentrification looks at the social consequences of urban 'greening' from an environmental justice and sustainable development perspective. Through a comparative examination of five cases of urban greening in Brooklyn, New York, it demonstrates that such initiatives, while positive for the environment, tend to increase inequality and thus undermine the social pillar of sustainable development. Although greening  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Alan Gould; Tammy L Lewis
ISBN: 9781138920163 1138920169 9781138309135 1138309133
OCLC Number: 935193102
Notes: "Earthscan from Routledge."
Description: ix, 181 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Urban greening and social sustainability in a global context --
Conceptualizing green gentrification --
Prospect Park : from social hazard to environmental amenity --
Brooklyn Bridge Park : from abandoned docks to destination park --
The Gowanus Canal : from open sewer to the Venice of Brooklyn --
Contested spaces : Bush Terminal Park and Bushwick Inlet Park --
Making urban greening sustainable.
Series Title: Routledge, equity, justice, and the sustainable city series.
Responsibility: Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis.

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Green Gentrification looks at the social consequences of urban 'greening' from an environmental justice and sustainable development perspective. Through a comparative examination of five cases of urban greening in Brooklyn, New York, it demonstrates that such initiatives, while positive for the environment, tend to increase inequality and thus undermine the social pillar of sustainable development. Although greening is ostensibly intended to improve environmental conditions in neighborhoods, it generates green gentrification that pushes out the working-class, and people of color, and attracts white, wealthier in-migrants. Simply put, urban greening 'richens and whitens,' remaking the city for the sustainability class. Without equity-oriented public policy intervention, urban greening is negatively redistributive in global cities. This book argues that environmental injustice outcomes are not inevitable. Early public policy interventions aimed at neighborhood stabilization can create more just sustainability outcomes. It highlights the negative social consequences of green growth coalition efforts to green the global city, and suggests policy choices to address them. The book applies the lessons learned from green gentrification in Brooklyn to urban greening initiatives globally. It offers comparison with other greening global cities.

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