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Resurrect New Orleans: a better city is possible Resurrect New Orleans: a better city is possible
by Van Jones
In post-Katrina New Orleans, will casinos, big business, and tourism displace people and the culture of the Big Easy? How will the city protect itself from future storms and rising seas? New Orleans could be rebuilt to serve its residents, poor and rich, and prosper in harmony with its watery ecosystem.
Book Review: Carfree Cities by J.H. Crawford Book Review: Carfree Cities by J.H. Crawford
by Guy Dauncey
Guy Dauncey reviews a book that praises the details in life that become noticable when people walk through their communities instead of driving.
How to Build an Ecohome How to Build an Ecohome
Build a home that conserves energy, water, and wood using components from Berea's ecovillage
What's the matter with sprawl? What's the matter with sprawl?
by Meredith Dearborn, Lisa Kundrat
This article outlines some downfalls of urban sprawl, from environmental to psychological effects.
Just, Green & Beautiful Cities
by Carl Anthony
Carl Anthony on the regional equity movement, and making cities work.
Appalachian Ecovillage Appalachian Ecovillage
by Christopher Gutsche, Kathleen Smith
Campus housing goes green at Berea College.
The New City Beautiful The New City Beautiful
by Francesca Lyman
Vancouver, Seattle, London, and Chicago are getting healthier and more beautiful through "green urbanism."
Cities For All: An Interview with Angela Glover Blackwell Cities For All: An Interview with Angela Glover Blackwell
by Sarah van Gelder
Angela Glover Blackwell is founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national organization working for economic and social equity. Her work has centered on revitalizing low-income communities and communities of color and public-interest law. She recently co-authored Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (2002, WW Norton & Co).
Resource Guide for Just, Green, Beautiful Communities Resource Guide for Just, Green, Beautiful Communities
by Lisa Kundrat
Websites, books and organizations providing sustainable design tools, networks for change, resources for advancing equity, and improving schools.
Detroit Renaissance
by Shawn Rhea
the story of a grassroots effort to renew a post-industrial city. AC3T, Boggs Center, Detroit summer, Adamah, Grace Boggs, Cass Corridor Food Cooperative, Romanowski Park.
Breaking Down Buildings, Building Up a Neighborhood Breaking Down Buildings, Building Up a Neighborhood
by Holly Dressel
The suicide economy is all too ready to cast off used material, disadvantaged people, and troubled neighborhoods. These living economy entrepreneurs are turning throwaways into gold.
Warm, Dry, And Noble Warm, Dry, And Noble
by Andrea Dean
Samuel Mockbee founded Rural Studio, creating simple but inventive structures made of inexpensive, mostly salvaged or donated materials.
Curitiba: Story of a City
by Bill McKibben
Curitiba, Brazil, is drawing attention around the world not for its beauty or cultural amenities but for its solutions to ecological and human problems that have left other cities in despair.
Resource Guide for Exuberant Cities
by Johanna Zetterberg, Mark Overbay
Resources for livable communities, walkable communities, and better public transport.
Dreams: The Making of Cities
by Peter Newman
"A city should be a place of exuberance and exaltation of the human spirit, a place for celebration and public 'happenings', for rich and easy encounter, for relaxation and enjoyment." E.R.Wickham
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