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From landscapes of utopia to the margins of the green urban life. For whom is the new green city?
Anguelovski, Isabelle Michele Sophie (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Connolly, James J. T. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Brand, Anna Livia (University of California. College of Environmental Design)

Date: 2018
Abstract: Today, municipal decision-makers, planners, and investors rely on valuation studies of ecosystem services, public health assessments, and real estate projections to promote a consensual view of urban greening interventions such as new parks, greenways, or greenbelts as a public good with widespread benefits for all residents. However, as new green projects often anchor major investment and high-end development, we ask: Does the green city fulfill its promise for inclusive and far-reaching environmental, health, social, and economic benefits or does it create new environmental inequalities and green mirages? Through case examples of diverse urban greening interventions in cities reflecting different urban development trajectories and baseline environmental conditions and needs (Barcelona, Medellin, and New Orleans), we argue that urban greening interventions increasingly create new dynamics of exclusion, polarization, segregation, and invisibilization. Despite claims about the public good, these interventions take place to the detriment of the most socially and racially marginalized urban groups whose land and landscapes are appropriated through the creation of a “green gap” in property markets. In that sense, green amenities become GreenLULUs (Locally Unwanted Land Uses) and socially vulnerable residents and community groups face a green space paradox, whereby they become excluded from new green amenities they long fought for as part of an environmental justice agenda. Thus, as urban greening consolidates urban sustainability and redevelopment strategies by bringing together private and public investors around a tool for marketing cities with global reach, it also negates a deeper reflection on urban segregation, social hierarchies, racial inequalities, and green privilege.
Note: Unidad de excelencia María de Maeztu MdM-2015-0552. - DOI ERC http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000781 - DOI H2020 http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100007601
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció EC/H2020/678034
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/MDM-2015-0552
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/IJCI-2016-31100
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Language: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; acceptedVersion
Subject: Green ; Sustainability ; Cities ; Inequality ; Urban environmentalism ; Green gentrification ; Environmental justice
Published in: City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, Vol. 22, issue 3 (2018) , p. 417-436, ISSN 1360-4813

DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2018.1473126


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