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A brief synopsis of each book.

Sustainable Metropolitan Communities

Posted by UEPI on July 10, 2008

Sustainable Metropolitan Communities and Regional Equity

Edited by Paloma Pavel
Introduction by Carl Anthony

Forthcoming, MIT Press

Sustainable Metropolitan Communities and Regional Equity brings together the leading organizers, researchers and policy analysts, who tell the stories and provide the analysis about the growing movement for regional equity and sustainability.
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Environmental Justice In Latin America

Posted by UEPI on June 27, 2008

Environmental Justice in Latin America ImageEnvironmental Justice in Latin America:
Problems, Promise, and Practice

David V. Carruthers

March 2008, MIT Press

Environmental justice concerns form an important part of popular environmental movements in many countries. Activists, scholars, and policymakers in the developing world, for example, increasingly use the tools of environmental justice to link concerns over social justice and environmental well-being. Environmental Justice in Latin America investigates the emergence of a distinctively Latin American environmental justice movement, offering analyses and case studies that examine both the promise and the limits of environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean–both as a rallying point for popular mobilization and as a set of principles for analysis and policymaking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thinking Big

Posted by UEPI on June 23, 2008

Thinking Big: The Story of the Los Angeles Times, Its Publishers, and Their Influence on Southern California

Robert Gottlieb and Irene Wolt

1977, Island Press

Power – how it is created, how it has been and how it is being used – is at the heart of Thinking Big, the first book to tell the story of the Los Angeles Times and its critical role in the explosion of a small cattle town into the nation’s second-largest metropolis. Irene Wolt and Robert Gottlieb recount this absorbing saga of how the Chandler family built one of the largest publishing empires on earth from the beginning of the Los Angeles Times in 1881 to its present gigantic conglomerate, the Times Mirror Company. Read the rest of this entry »

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America’s Saints

Posted by UEPI on June 23, 2008

America’s Saints: The Rise of Mormon Power

Robert Gottlieb and Peter Wiley

1984, Island Press

America’s Saints is the untold story of the rapid rise to national prominence of the Mormon Church since World War II. Investigative journalists Robert Gottlieb and Peter Wiley take a behind-the-scenes look at the Mormons – their enormous spiritual appeal, the mechanisms of their spreading bureaucracy, the little-known men at the top who control a vast economic empire, exercise tremendous political influence, and function as virtual patriarchs and authority figures for more than 5 1/4 million members, whose primary dictum is “Believe and Obey.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Thirst for Growth

Posted by UEPI on June 23, 2008

Thirst for Growth: Water Agencies as Hidden Government in California

Robert Gottlieb and Margaret FitzSimmons

May 1994, University of Arizona Press

Water policy today is at a crossroads. Continued efforts to secure new water supplies to support urban and agricultural expansion have reached an impasse. The viability of the Big Water Project, long the symbol of western water development and the underlying basis for its mission of growth, now seems increasingly uncertain. Read the rest of this entry »

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War On Waste

Posted by UEPI on June 23, 2008

War On Waste: Can America Win Its Battle with Garbage

Robert Gottlieb and Louis Blumberg

1989, Island Press

War On Waste takes us behind the scenes of one of the most important environmental debates of the century involving politicians, businesses, and citizen activists. This is not just the story of how we let garbage get out of control, but about how politics and industry conspired to lead our society into a major environmental gridlock. The story details the conflicts between activists and an environmental gridlock. The story details the conflict between activists and an entrenched waste industry. In the battle over garbage, War On Waste tells us who the players are and what’s at stake. The authors, Louis Blumberg and Robert Gottlieb, look beyond the visible symptoms of the problem and provide an in-depth analysis of the roots of the waste disposal crisis.
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Upcoming Book: Food Justice

Posted by UEPI on June 18, 2008

Food Justice will tell the stories and provide the analysis about the emerging food justice movements and how the concept of food justice is changing the discourse concerning healthy, sustainable, and fresh food alternatives to the dominant global food system. Authored by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi, with chapter contributions from Amanda Leigh Shaffer, Mark Vallianatos, Vanessa Zajfen, Debra Eschmeyer and Andrea Misako Azuma.
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Reducing Toxics

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Reducing Toxics: A New Approach to Policy and Industrial Decisionmaking

Robert Gottlieb

1995, Island Press

In Reducing Toxics, leading experts address industry, technology, health, and policy issues and explore the potential for pollution prevention at the industry and facility levels. They consider both the regulatory and institutional settings of toxics reduction initiatives, prescribe strategies for developing a prevention framework, and apply these principles in analyzing industry case studies.
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Regions that Work

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Regions that Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together

Manuel Pastor Jr., Peter Dreier, J. Eugene Grigsby III, and Marta López-Garza

2000, University of Minnesota Press

Offering a new vision of community-based regionalism, this book arrives just as “smart growth” measures and other attempts to link cities and suburbs are beginning to make their mark on the political and analytical scene. The authors make a powerful case for emphasizing equity, arguing that metropolitan areas must reduce poverty in order to grow and that low-income individuals must make regional connections in order to escape poverty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Up Against the Sprawl

Posted by UEPI on June 17, 2008

Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California

Jennifer Wolch, Manuel Pastor Jr., and Peter Dreier (Eds.)
Foreword by Michael Dear

2004, University of Minnesota Press

Los Angeles’s experience in managing urban growth and change.

America’s first truly twenty-first-century metropolis, Los Angeles is often depicted as diverse, fragmented, polarized, and ungovernable, a city without a unifying geographic center or civic culture. The sprawling evolution of the city and its infamous problems—traffic, pollution, growing inequality—are usually attributed to a Wild West version of capitalism—the triumph of an unregulated free market over comprehensive urban planning. But market choices and lack of planning did not set the terrain of Southern California: Los Angeles has been profoundly shaped by a wide range of local, state, and federal public policies and programs. Read the rest of this entry »

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