Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future
ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, Sep 8, 2010 - 384 pages
In a world where the flow of money and jobs and people is largely determined by the whims of global capital, Matt Hern's Common Ground in a Liquid City is a refreshingly down-to-earth look at the importance of place in the urban future. Using his own hometown of Vancouver - the poster city for ''sustainable'' urban development - as a foil, Matt travels around the globe in search of the elements that make our cities livable. Along the way, he pieces together a very different picture of urban renewal, one in which place regains its flavor and its funk, and cities become much more than bland investment opportunities. Each of Hern's ten chapters focuses on a central theme of city life; diversity, street life, crime, population density, water and natural life, gentrification, and globalism. What emerges in the end is an appealing portrait of what the urban future might look like - environmentally friendly, locally focused, and governed from below.
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Part of a review I wrote due to appear in Freedom Magazine, March 2011. Matt Hern lives in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver has major endorsements like Expo 86, the Commonwealth games and as recently as ... Read full review