Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

American Prospect special issue on the Green New Deal

From email:

The American Prospect has published an entire special issue on the specifics of a Green New Deal. The purpose is to demonstrate that urgently needed public investment in a sustainable economy is practical — fiscally, technically and politically.

Some skeptics have dismissed the entire concept of a Green New Deal as hopelessly utopian. This package of 22 articles by leading authors on climate change shows that we can achieve a post-carbon economy for about two percent of GDP or less, and that the benefits will far outweigh the costs.

The issue will be introduced at a press conference and discussion with Sen. Ed Markey and several of the authors, in room SVC 215 at the Capitol, at 1 p.m. Thursday Dec. 5, 2019. The public is invited to attend.

I think this is the right direction, even if I have some issues and questions with various approaches.  I definitely need to read more about it.

There is a parallel effort in the UK.

-- Green New Deal, New Economics Foundation
-- The Case for a Green New Deal, book, Ann Pettifor

In some respects I think I don't think big enough.

OTOH, there are lots of measures that can be taken now that would have tremendous, from national recycling requirements ("The EPA’s new recycling plan is straight out of 1985," Los Angeles Times), product development and packaging standards, to a huge focus on transit expansion in major cities and reorienting land use regulation around reducing sprawl--Alon Levy has an important piece on development capacity in New York City in areas already served by transit

-- The Green New Deal, book, Jeremy Rifkin

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