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The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice

Melissa Checker


Are today’s sustainable cities built on their own undoing? This book uncovers the hidden costs of sustainable policies and practices in an era of hyper-gentrification. From state-of-the-art parks to rooftop gardens, LEED-certified buildings, bike lanes, and organic shops and restaurants, industrial waterfronts are transforming into eco-friendly urban oases. But how sustainable is this green wave? Will it lift all boats? In New York City, Melissa Checker finds that sustainable initiatives have fostered resource-intensive, high-end development in some areas and left others overburdened with poll ... More

Keywords: civic engagement, collective action, democratic decision making, environmental gentrification, overdevelopment, uneven development, urban sustainability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479835089
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479835089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Checker, author
Queens College, CUNY Graduate Center