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Robert Gottlieb reminds us that cities, and the political actors within them, can and do change. Los Angeles came of age by shoving nature around. But in these early years of the 21st century, grassroots and community action hint that the environmental future of the city and region may not be so dire. Written by a scholar/activist who has been at the center of much of the recent excitement, this book is a scholarly report, a celebration, and a further call to action.

(William Deverell, Department of History and Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, University of Southern California.)

Bob Gottlieb is an organizer extraordinaire, a practical visionary and a tactical genius. When Friends of the Los Angeles River partnered with Occidental College for a year's worth of collaborative events, one of the great pleasures for me was working with Bob, who has an astonishing ability to work not just a system but all kinds of systems for the public good. Alot of people make fun of the idealism of the late 60's but Gottlieb is one of those whose idealism has only been sharpened and refined by the ensuing years and made more effective. Everybody who reads this book will be inspired to make their community, their city, andthe world into a better place, I promise.

(Lewis MacAdams, Friends of the Los Angeles River)

[Gottlieb's] richly informative book is really about flow of resources, people, historyand about how we all need to put our hands into that urban stream as participants directing community, a word he sensibly makes very nearly synonymous with environment.

(Orion)

No complaining diatribe, this book proffers solutions and heralds successful programs already in place...Gottlieb dissects and discusses origins, failures, successes, and future ramifications of nature, community, water, transportation, migration, and globalization in the city in a way that is neither preachy nor accusatory, but informative andI dare sayinspiring.

(Society & Architectural Historians News)

Robert Gottlieb has long been a pioneer in redefining environmentalism, turning ideas into action, and forging coalitions in the often murky atmosphere of Los Angeles. This book offers a timely account of the promising work in the City of Angels to forge a political movement that integrates social, economic, and environmental health.

(Jennifer Price, author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America)

About the Author

Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the author of Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways for Change (2001), and Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (2007), both published by the MIT Press, and other books.
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Product Details

  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 49791st edition (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262572435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262572439
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book helps to understand the grass roots movements that are happening all around LA. The culture of water and that of transportation throughout the greater Los Angeles region are better understood in this book that is part history and part social discourse. Los Angeles is a vastly misunderstood metropolis that is gradually coming out from under its stigma as a lost fantasy and emerging as a leader in the new urban environment.
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The book arrived sooner than I expected and in good condition. As a read, this book is a must for anyone interested in understanding local efforts to create a sustainable LA.
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Gottlieb is incredible! This easy to read book, was a requirement in one of my classes but honestly no need to require since its like reading a novel. What an awesome book!
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