The Agile City

The Agile City: Building Well-being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change by James S. Russell (Island Press, 2011).

Russell, an architectural journalist, writes knowledgeably about the financing, regulatory, and zoning issues which cause real estate development to favor the edges of suburbia over inner cities. Like many environmental writers today, Russell feels that redeveloping cities is the only viable way forward. He also suggests that cooperation, especially between different levels of government, is the key to implementing the sort of regional-scale urban planning that we need to successfully confront climate change. But will another book that demonstrates (by multiple examples) how many other nations get it right while the U.S. falls further behind, really make a difference? If only he could get it on the required reading list for the annual National Governors Association conference.

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