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What has happened to cities after the global economic recession? Sustaining Cities answers this question by explaining how failed governmental policies contributed to urban problems and offering best practices for solving them.From social scientists and urban planners to architects and literary and film critics, the authors of this unique collection suggest real responses to this crisis. Could the drastic declines in housing markets have been avoided? Yes, if we reframe our housing values. Do you want to attract corporate investment to your town? You might want to think twice about doing so. The extinction of the “Celtic Tiger” may be charted in statistics, but the response in popular Irish mystery novels is much more compelling. China, while not immune to market vicissitudes, still booms, but at a considerable cost to its urban identities.Whether constructing a sustainable social framework for Mexican mega-cities or a neighborhood in London, these nine essays consider some strikingly similar strategies. And perhaps, as the contributors suggest, it’s time to look beyond the usual boundaries of urban, suburban, and exurban to forge new links among these communities that will benefit all citizens. Accessible to anyone with an interest in how cities cope today, Sustaining Cities presents a cautionary tale with a hopeful ending.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Series Information
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. Urban Politics: Market Rules
  2. p. 11
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  1. Sustainable City: Crisis and Opportunity in Mexico
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. Hostage Cities: Unsustainable Competition for Corporate Investment
  2. pp. 25-42
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  1. 3. Reframing Housing Value
  2. pp. 43-60
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  1. Part II. Urban Practices: Connecting Communities
  2. p. 61
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  1. 4. Notes Toward a History of Agrarian Urbanism
  2. pp. 63-75
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  1. 5. The Art of Place-Making
  2. pp. 76-94
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  1. Beyond Boundaries
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. Part III. Urban Perceptions: Tigers, Tricksters, and Other Urban Legends
  2. p. 109
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  1. 7. Chinese Cities: Design and Disappearance
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. 8. From "The Dead" to the Dead: The Disposable Bodies and Disposable Culture of Celtic Tiger Noir
  2. pp. 122-134
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  1. 9. Imagining and Reimagining a Promised Land: the Gangster Genre and Harlem's Mystic Past, Present, and Future
  2. pp. 135-153
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813554174
Related ISBN
9780813554167
MARC Record
OCLC
813410516
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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