Growing Smarter by Robert D. Bullard
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Growing Smarter
By Robert D. Bullard

Growing Smarter

Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice and Regional Equity

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Growing Smarter by Robert D. Bullard

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award 2008.

Book Description

The smart growth movement aims to combat urban and suburban sprawl by promoting livable communities based on pedestrian scale, diverse populations, and mixed land use. But, as this book documents, smart growth has largely failed to address issues of social equity and environmental justice. Smart growth sometimes results in gentrification and displacement of low- and moderate-income families in existing neighborhoods, or transportation policies that isolate low-income populations. Growing Smarter is one of the few books to view smart growth from an environmental justice perspective, examining the effect of the built environment on access to economic opportunity and quality of life in American cities and metropolitan regions. The contributors to Growing Smarter -- urban planners, sociologists, economists, educators, lawyers, health professionals, and environmentalists -- all place equity at the center of their analyses of "place, space, and race." They consider such topics as the social and environmental effects of sprawl, the relationship between sprawl and concentrated poverty, and community-based regionalism that can link cities and suburbs. They examine specific cases that illustrate opportunities for integrating environmental justice concerns into smart growth efforts, including the dynamics of sprawl in a South Carolina county, the debate over the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and transportation-related pollution in Northern Manhattan. Growing Smarter illuminates the growing racial and class divisions in metropolitan areas today -- and suggests workable strategies to address them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262524704
ISBN-10: 0262524708
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Diamond by Robert D. Bullard Diamond, Paperback (March 2006)

The story of how a mixed-income minority community in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor fought Shell Oil and won.

Quest for Environmental Justice by Robert D. Bullard Quest for Environmental Justice, Paperback (October 2005)

Presents an overview of the early environmental justice movement and highlights key leadership roles assumed by women activists. This work examines the lives of people living in 'sacrifice zones' - toxic corridors (such as Louisiana's infamous 'Cancer Alley') where high concentrations of polluting industries are found.

Just Sustainabilities by Robert D. Bullard Just Sustainabilities, Paperback (October 2001)

Argues that social and environmental justice within and between nations should be an integral part of the policies and agreements that promote sustainable development. This book addresses the links between environmental quality and human equality and between sustainability and environmental justice.

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Author Biography - Robert D. Bullard

Robert D. Bullard is Ware Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.

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