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Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities (American and Comparative Environmental Policy) Paperback – January 3, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0262661324 ISBN-10: 0262661322

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Product Details

  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (January 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262661322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262661324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The focus on 'communities' in this book is perhaps an important guide to the future." Sylvia Karlsson Environment



"Kent Portney has taken the movement for sustainable development a big step forward with his fresh and rigorous examination of American cities and their efforts to become better, more livable places. If sustainability is the buzz word that launched a thousand academic conferences, then Portney's book is sure to help us better navigate these choppy waters, providing us with a clearer, deeper understanding of the destination, as well as how to get there."--William Shutkin, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT



"In this ground-breaking study, Kent Portney shows that cities all across the country have joined the battle to solve environmental problems. Finally, here is a book that takes the environmental-urban connection seriously. A work like this is truly overdue."--Dennis R. Judd, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

About the Author

Kent E. Portney is Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of a number of books, including The Rebirth of Urban Democracy and Acting Civically: From Local Neighborhoods to Higher Education.

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By dalglish7 on September 25, 2012
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This text certainly helps those that want to further develop their understanding of sustainability from a number of perspectives. It also provides useful information on different approaches being taken to measuring and reporting on sustainability.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cnote on May 30, 2012
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I read this book for a class and after the first chapter I was hooked, it's written very well and is INTERESTING(which we all know is very rare with textbooks!). The book is extremely realistic and objective; it does not try to convince you to support sustainability or buy into any liberal agenda. It describes the reasoning behind why some cities are pursuing sustainability and literally, how serious these cities appear to be about their pursuits. I read this book for a public administration class but this would be an awesome book for anyone interested in urban planning, environmental policy or social equity. Love this book, highly recommend.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wood on December 12, 2006
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Great book. Lots of important data and ideas backed by solid research.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Daughenbaugh on February 28, 2012
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The book was purchased for P. Fan's UP 801 (Urban Planning)class being taught spring semester, 2012 at Michigan State University, School of Planning, Design, and Construction.
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