Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Matt Hern

Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future

AK Press
Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781849350310
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In a world where the flow of money and jobs and people is largely determined by the whims of global capital, Matt Hern's Common Ground in a Liquid City is a refreshingly down-to-earth look at the importance of place in the urban future. Using his own hometown of Vancouverâ¿¿the poster city for "sustainable" urban developmentâ¿¿as a foil, Matt travels around the globe in search of the elements that make our cities livable. Along the way, he pieces together a very different picture of urban renewal, one in which place regains its flavor and its funk, and cities become much more than bland investment opportunities. Each of Hern's ten chapters focuses on a central theme of city life: diversity, street life, crime, population density, water and natural life, gentrification, and globalism. What emerges in the end is an appealing portrait of what the urban future might look likeâ¿¿environmentally friendly, locally focused, and governed from below.
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