Offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world… Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction

The Urban Imaginary of Nature: Cities in American Environmental Politics1

The urban imaginary of nature: Cities in american environmental politics
Matthew Huber

Introduction

We see nature through the geographical and historical experience of the urban. (Fitzsimmons, 1989: 108)

Though rarely acknowledged, contemporary politics of nature have emerged in an urbanized and urbanizing world. The environmental problematic has risen to the centre of political struggles over urban governance related to such concerns as climate change, urban forest cover, parks, and water systems. Much of this politics emerges out of a recognition that the urban socio-ecological metabolism is responsible for the majority of consumption of energy, resources and land, and the multitude of ‘environmental' problems bound up with these patterns (Low 2000; Heynen et al., 2006).

Table 12.1 The Changing Nature ...
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