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City of Forests, City of Farms: Sustainability Planning for New York City's Nature (Hardback)
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City of Forests, City of Farms: Sustainability Planning for New York City's Nature (Hardback)

Hardback 290 Pages / Published: 15/10/2017
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City of Forests, City of Farms is a history of recent urban forestry and agriculture policy and programs in New York City. Centered on the 2007 initiative PlaNYC, this account tracks the development of policies that increased sustainability efforts in the city and dedicated more than $400 million dollars to trees via the MillionTreesNYC campaign. Lindsay K. Campbell uses PlaNYC to consider how and why nature is constructed in New York City. Campbell regards sustainability planning as a process that unfolds through the strategic interplay of actors, the deployment of different narrative frames, and the mobilizing and manipulation of the physical environment, which affects nonhuman animals and plants as well as the city's residents.

Campbell zeroes in on a core omission in PlaNYC's original conception and funding: Despite NYC having a long tradition of community gardening, particularly since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the plan contained no mention of community gardens or urban farms. Campbell charts the change of course that resulted from burgeoning public interest in urban agriculture and local food systems. She shows how civic groups and elected officials crafted a series of visions and plans for local food systems that informed the 2011 update to PlaNYC. City of Forests, City of Farms is a valuable tool that allows us to understand and disentangle the political decisions, popular narratives, and physical practices that shape city greening in New York City and elsewhere.

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9781501707506
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


"Both theoretically rich and empirically robust and will be of interest to anyone who is grappling with the whys and hows of urban greening and sustainability politics, from urban planners, community activists, academics, and everyday urbanites whose lives are intimately connected to green spaces in the city."

* Journal of Planning Education and Research *

"Provides great insight on what one might call the "political ecology" of cities, and helps us to understand how spatial change is engendered by, and reflected in, the relationship between bureaucratic systems and social movements."

* The Gotham Center for New York City History *

"City of Forests, City of Farms serves as an interesting story of how urban politics and plan implementation play out in real life and provides some basis for optimism about future efforts."

* Journal of Urban Affairs *

"City of Forests, City of Farms offers new information and insights about urban forestry and urban agriculture. Lindsay K. Campbell's high-quality research provides a compelling analysis of two key greening campaigns in New York City."

-- Hamil Pearsall, Temple University

"City of Forests, City of Farms covers in rich detail two movements in the City of New York in the past several decades: The MillionTreesNYC campaign launched by then Mayor Bloomberg, and the community garden/urban agriculture programs and organizations. Lindsay K. Campbell shows how sustainability agendas are built and maintained in urban environments."

-- Douglas M. Johnston, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, SUNY-ESF

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