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NEIGHBORHOOD AS REFUGE: COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION, PLACE REMAKING AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN THE CITY. Isabelle Anguelovski. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2014. Urban and Industrial Environments. 294 pp. with 38 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-28483 ISBN 9780262026925 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 159387. Publisher's description: 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, over time, environmental projects provide psychological benefits, serving as a way to heal a marginalized and environmentally traumatized urban neighborhood.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 159386
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