Green Metropolis

Green Metropolis

Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability

eBook - 2009
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Upending the environmentalist viewpoint that urban areas are "anti-green," New Yorker staff writer David Owen argues that sustainability is achieved in areas like New York City, while open space, backyard compost heaps, locavorism and high-tech gadgetry like solar panels and triple-paned windows are formulas for wasteful sprawl and green-washed consumerism.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2009
ISBN: 9781101139400 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Digital Editions)
1101139404 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Digital Editions)
9781101140314 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Digital Editions)
1101140313 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Digital Editions)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 304.209173 OWE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (357 pages)


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I agree with the authors main premise which is that density leads to all of the environmental goals to which we aspire and that sprawl results from making cars easier and more convenient than any of the alternatives. The book unfortunately suffers from the same flaw as most books in this category, once he has made his point, he keeps making the same point over and over throughout the book. There is nothing else here but more examples of the same thing and nice quotes from other, more capable authors. Manhattan good, Phoenix bad.

Feb 10, 2010

Very good book recognizing the importance of compactness and adjacencies when looking for what makes a community sustainable.

Feb 06, 2010

Great book, very inspiring shows the need for an end Edmonton's urban sprawl. Are you listening Edmonton City Council and Edmonton Transit System?


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