Book ID: CBB584202863

Motor City Green: a century of landscapes and environmentalism in Detroit (2020)


Joseph Stanhope Cialdella (Author)

University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 227
Language: English

Motor City Green is a history of green spaces in metropolitan Detroit from the late nineteenth- to early twenty-first century. The book focuses primarily on the history of gardens and parks in the city of Detroit and its suburbs in southeast Michigan. Cialdella argues Detroit residents used green space to address problems created by the city's industrial rise and decline, and racial segregation and economic inequality. As the city's social landscape became increasingly uncontrollable, Detroiters turned to parks, gardens, yards, and other outdoor spaces to relieve the negative social and environmental consequences of industrial capitalism. Motor City Green looks to the past to demonstrate how today's urban gardens in Detroit evolved from, but are also distinct from, other urban gardens and green spaces in the city's past.

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Review Andrew C Baker (October 2020) Review of "Motor City Green: a century of landscapes and environmentalism in Detroit". Environmental History (pp. 795-796). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hou, Shen
Pascoe, Gwen
Olin, Laurie D.
Cangany, Catherine
Aitken, Richard
Tal, Alon
Environment and History
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes: An International Quarterly
William and Mary Quarterly
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
University of Pittsburgh Press
Australian Scholarly Publishing
Miegunyah Press
Yale University Press
University of Virginia Press
University of Tennessee Press
Landscape architecture
Urban history
Science and culture
Halprin, Lawrence
Olmsted. Frederick Law
Van Rensselaer, Schuyler, Mrs.
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Warren H. Manning
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
Detroit (Michigan)
Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)
19th century
21st century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
Tennessee Valley Authority
University of Michigan Medical School
Quincy Mining Company
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
Merrimack Manufacturing Company
Proprietors of Locks and Canals

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