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Who created it? Owen, David, 1955-
What's it called? Green metropolis [electronic resource] : what the city can teach the country about true sustainability / David Owen.
Who published it? [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2009.
Edition info! Unabridged.
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What's it like? 1 online resource (1 audio file (600 min.)) : digital.
Performers! Read by Patrick Lawlor.
What's it about? Most Americans think of crowded cities as ecological nightmares-as wastelands of concrete and garbage and diesel fumes and traffic jams. Yet residents of compact urban centers, David Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity, and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, discard less trash, and, most important of all, spend far less time in automobiles. Residents of Manhattan-the most densely populated place in North America-rank first in public-transit use and last in per-capita greenhouse gas production, and they consume gasoline at a rate that the country as a whole hasn't matched since the mid-1920s, when the most widely owned car in the United States was the Ford Model T. They are also among the only people in the United States for whom walking is still an important means of daily transportation.These achievements are not accidents. Spreading people thinly across the countryside may make them feel green, but it doesn't reduce the damage they do to the environment. In fact, it increases the damage, while also making the problems they cause harder to see and to address. Owen contends that the environmental problem we face, at the current stage of our assault on the world's nonrenewable resources, is not how to make teeming cities more like the pristine countryside. The problem is how to make other settled places more like Manhattan, whose residents presently come closer than any other Americans to meeting environmental goals that all of us, eventually, will have to come to terms with.
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Special stuff to know! Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Helpful subjects! Human ecology -- New York (State) -- New York.
Urban ecology (Sociology) -- New York (State) -- New York.
Social ecology -- New York (State) -- New York.
Sustainable living -- New York (State) -- New York.
Sustainable architecture -- New York (State) -- New York.
Green technology -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.) -- Environmental conditions.
More people who helped! Lawlor, Patrick G. (Patrick Girard)
hoopla digital.
Special numbers! 9781400193714 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1400193710 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Special numbers! MWT10756665
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