From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities
Published by: Island Press
Imprint: Island Press
Sales Date: 2022-01-11
Published: January 2022
Imprint: Island Press
Page Count: 304 Pages
Illustrations: 81 photos, 32 illustrations
Dimensions: 177.00 x 254.00
304 Pages, 177.00 x 254.00 x 20.30 mm, 81 photos, 32 illustrations
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The efforts discussed in the book demonstrate how urban experimentation and community-based development are informing long-term solutions. Sant shows how US cities are reclaiming their streets from cars, restoring watersheds, growing forests, and adapting shorelines to improve people's lives while addressing our changing climate. The best examples of this work bring together the energy of community activists, the organization of advocacy groups, the power of city government, and the reach of federal environmental policy.
Sant presents 12 case studies, drawn from research and over 90 interviews with people who are working in these communities to make a difference. For example, advocacy groups in Washington, DC are expanding the urban tree canopy and offering job training in the growing sector of urban forestry. In New York, transit agencies are working to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians while shortening commutes. In San Francisco, community activists are creating shoreline parks while addressing historic environmental injustice.
From the Ground Up is a call to action. When we make the places we live more climate resilient, we need to acknowledge and address the history of social and racial injustice. Advocates, non-profit organizations, community-based groups, and government officials will find examples of how to build alliances to support and embolden this vision together. Together we can build cities that will be resilient to the challenges ahead.
"Alison Sant's adoration of urban ecosystems is palpable in From the Ground Up. Starting from the soil, she walks with leaders in cities' natural resources and follows the interconnectedness of the streams below our sidewalks and the branches that brush our skyscrapers, the waters that lap our coastlines, and the people in neighborhoods who make it all possible. For those of us planning amidst multiple interconnected crises, Sant's From the Ground Up is a critical reminder that the best solutions are led by communities first."Erin Barnes, Founder and CEO of ioby
"Resiliency is more than infrastructure, organization, finance, and process. It's all those things, but first and foremost, it's about people seizing the resources at hand and taking control of our collective destiny. This is hard work, but fortunately, in this great read, Alison Sant points the way."Anthony A. Williams, CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council; former Mayor of the District of Columbia
"If you are like me and hope sometimes fails you, I have good news: Alison Sant has come to help. From the Ground Up surveys American cities not for their failings, but for the means of their future remaking. Her solution: Listen. Watch. Inquire. Communities, most especially communities of color, are developing solutions that do work. Show; don't preach. If people like your idea, they will start doing it too. It's ecological democracy. It's not giving in. In this book are examples from sea to shining sea."Eric W. Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society and author of "Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City"
"Especially and unreservedly recommended reading for environmental activists and governmental policy makers, From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities is a clarion and illustrated call to action regarding the necessity for communities to become climate resilient in the face of inexorable climate change driven impacts while acknowledging and addressing the unfortunate social and racial injustice of past urban developments."Midwest Book Review