How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change and Economic Inequality

How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change and Economic Inequality

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Cities are frequently viewed as passive participants to state and national efforts to solve the toughest urban problems. But the evidence suggests otherwise. Cities are actively devising innovative policy solutions and they have the potential to do even more. In this volume, the authors examine current threats to communities across the U.S. and the globe. They draw on first-hand experience with, and accounts of, the crises already precipitated by climate change, population shifts, and economic inequality. This volume is distinguished, however, by its central objective of traveling beyond a description of problems and a discussion of their serious implications. Each of the thirteen chapters frame specific recommendations and guidance on the range of core capacities and interventions that 21st Century cities would be prudent to consider in mapping their immediate and future responses to these critical problems. How Cities Will Save the World brings together authors with frontline experience in the fields of city redevelopment, urban infrastructure, healthcare, planning, immigration, historic preservation, and local government administration. They not only offer their ground level view of threats caused by climate change, population shifts, and economic inequality, but they provide solution-driven narratives identifying promising innovations to help cities tackle this century’s greatest adversities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317120872
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/03/2016
Series: Urban Planning and Environment
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 282
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ray Brescia is Associate Professor and Director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, Albany, N.Y, USA, and John Travis Marshall is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA, USA

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Contributors xiii

Foreword Arthur C. Nelson xix

Preface Ray Brescia John Travis Marshall xxv

Acknowledgments xxvii

Introduction Raymond H. Brescia John Travis Marshall 1

1 Cities and the Financial Crisis Ray Brescia 11

2 Assessing Metropolitan Resiliency: Laying the Foundation for Urban Sustain ability John Travis Marshall 33

3 Avoiding Atlantis: Protecting Urban Cultural Heritage from Disaster Ryan Rowberry 49

4 Moving to Safely? Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability through Relocation and Resettlement Policy Maria Nelson Renia Ehrenfeucht 65

5 Developing the Sustainable City: Curitiba, Brazil, as a Case Study Hanna-Ruth Gustafsson Elizabeth A. Kelly 81

6 Exploring Options for Urban Sustainability in an Era of Scarce Water Resources: A Possible Ban on Lawns Sarah B. Schindler 97

7 Think Global, Pay Local Ray Brescia 119

8 Cities and Immigration Reform: National Policy from the Bottom Up John DeStefano, Jr. 137

9 Can Charter Schools Save Cities? Social Capital and Urban Public Education John A. Lovett 159

10 Cities Seeking Justice: Local Government Litigation in the Public Interest Kathleen S. Morris 189

11 Strategic Code Compliance Enforcement: A Prescription for Resilient Communities Kermit J. Lind, J.D 209

12 Renegotiating the Constituent's Role in Urban Governance; Participatory Budgeting in New York City Celina Su 233

13 Financing Urban Transportation Infrastructure: Old and New Approaches for Funding Urban Regeneration and Resiliency: The Atlanta Example M. Becht Neel Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer 253

Index 269

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