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Greening post-industrial cities : growth, equity, and environmental governance

Author: Corina McKendry
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, ©2018 2018.
Series: Cities and global governance, 6.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"City greening has been heralded for contributing to environmental governance and critiqued for exacerbating displacement and inequality. Bringing these two disparate analyses into conversation, this book offers a comparative understanding of how tensions between growth, environmental protection, and social equity are playing out in practice. Examining Chicago, USA, Birmingham, UK, and Vancouver, Canada, McKendry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McKendry, Corina.
Greening post-industrial cities.
New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2017016234
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Corina McKendry
ISBN: 9781315773407 1315773406 9781317681328 1317681320 9781317681311 1317681312 9781317681304 1317681304
OCLC Number: 1001968472
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Local Politics of Global Environmental Governance --
Legitimacy, Equity, and Effectiveness: Environmental Governance and the Green City --
Legitimacy --
Equity --
Effectiveness --
Varieties of Liberal Environmentalism --
Structure of the Book --
2. From Keynesianism to Liberal Environmentalism --
Cities in the Golden Age of Capitalism --
Environmentalism, Economic Growth, and Its Limits --
The End of the Golden Age --
Neoliberalism and Retrenchment --
Roll-backs to Liberal Environmentalism --
Conclusion --
3. Greening the Post-Industrial City --
Green Urban Entrepreneurialism --
The "Green Star" of Urban Entrepreneurialism --
Flowers, Parks, and the Rebuilding of Chicago --
Millennium Park: The Private Benefits of Public Space --
Quality of Life and Corporate Subsidies --
Celebrating Green Chicago --
Greening a Concrete Jungle --
Birmingham's Gamble on International Tourism --
Canals, Consumption, and the Re-Creation of Urban Nature. Note continued: Inequality and Legitimacy in the Entrepreneurial City --
Greening Birmingham for All --
Livability and Global City Ambitions --
The Birth of Global Vancouver --
Megadevelopments and Quality Urban Design --
The Challenge of Livability --
Ambivalent Embrace of Neoliberal Environmentalism --
Conclusion --
4. Beyond Green Urban Entrepreneurialism --
Legitimacy and Effectiveness in Neoliberal Environmentalism --
Federal Failings and Chicago's Climate Leadership --
Voluntarism and Legitimacy in Environmental Governance --
Electoral Politics and the Push Toward Sustainability --
Ecoliberalism and Equity in the "World's Greenest City" --
Global Leadership and Local Community --
Failed Promises of Social Sustainability --
Stumbling Toward Progressive Liberal Environmentalism --
Branding and Growth in the "Low Carbon Revolution" --
National Mandates for Local Sustainability --
Birmingham as the Birthplace of the "Low Carbon Revolution." Note continued: Equitable Greening in Rhetoric and Practice --
Conclusion --
5. Energy and Climate Justice --
Liberal Environmentalism and the Challenge of Multiscalar Climate Justice --
Green Energy and Fuel Poverty --
Combined Heat and Power --
Building Birmingham's Win-Win --
Fuel Poverty and the Weight of National Energy Policies --
Retrofits and Climate Justice --
The Limits of Voluntarism --
Coal and Climate Justice in Chicago --
High Ambition and City Limits --
Greening New Development --
Securing Vancouver's Green Brand --
Conclusion --
6. Green Urban Development --
Green Building in Whose Backyard? --
Amenities and the Power of Developers in Vancouver Politics --
The Search for a "Sustainable" Community --
Elusive Affordability --
Environmental Gentrification and Resistance --
Greening and the Transformation of Central Chicago --
Transit-Oriented Development --
The Development Imperative and the Sidelining of Effectiveness. Note continued: Birmingham's Failed "Sustainability Quarter" --
Leadership and Limitations in Council Housing --
Slowly Shifting the Development Paradigm --
Conclusion --
7. Environmental Amenities --
Parks, Bikes, and a Greener City for All --
Health and the Value of Nature --
From Climate Governance to Health in the Greening of Birmingham Transit --
Cycling, Air Pollution, and the Persistence of Car-Centricism --
Valuing Nature in Austerity --
Barriers to Green Amenities --
Re-shaping Mobility for the High-Density City --
Transit Capacity and the Limits of Densification --
Leadership and Legitimacy in Vancouver's Bikeways --
Rethinking Use of Public Space --
Amenities and Equity in the Greener City --
Access and the Legitimacy of Chicago's Cycling Infrastructure --
Community Green Space in the Shadow of Displacement --
Between Growth and Equity --
Conclusion --
8. Conclusion: Cities and the Challenge of Environmental Governance. Note continued: Varieties of Liberal Environmentalism and the Effectiveness of City Greening --
Between Global Governance and "Thinking Locally" --
Re-imagining the Future.
Series Title: Cities and global governance, 6.
Responsibility: Corina McKendry.

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"City greening has been heralded for contributing to environmental governance and critiqued for exacerbating displacement and inequality. Bringing these two disparate analyses into conversation, this book offers a comparative understanding of how tensions between growth, environmental protection, and social equity are playing out in practice. Examining Chicago, USA, Birmingham, UK, and Vancouver, Canada, McKendry argues that city greening efforts were closely connected to processes of post-industrial branding in the neoliberal economy. While this brought some benefits, concerns about the unequal distribution of these benefits and greening's limited environmental impact challenged its legitimacy. In response, city leaders have moved toward initiatives that strive to better address environmental effectiveness and social equity while still spurring growth. Through an analysis that highlights how different varieties of liberal environmentalism are manifested in each case, this book illustrates that cities, though constrained by inconsistent political will and broader political and economic contexts, are making contributions to more effective, socially just environmental governance. Both critical and hopeful, McKendry's work will interest scholars of city greening, environmental governance, and comparative urban politics."--Provided by publisher.

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