Livable cities? : urban struggles for livelihood and sustainability / edited by Peter Evans. - Berkeley : University of California Press, c2002. - xiii, 277 p. ; 23 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-267) and index.

Introduction: looking for agents of urban livability in a globalized political economy /​ Peter Evans
Urban poverty and the environment: social capital and state-community synergy in Seoul and Bangkok /​ Mike Douglass, Orathai Ard-am, and Ik Ki Kim
Collective action toward a sustainable city: citizens' movements and environmental politics in Taipei /​ Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Hwa-Jen Liu
Community-driven regulation: toward an improved model of environmental regulation in Vietnam /​ Dara O'Rourke
Social and spatial inequalities in Hungarian environmental politics: a historical perspective /​ Zsuzsa Gille
"Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink": land use and water policy in São Paulo, Brazil /​ Margaret E. Keck
Sustainability, livelihood, and community mobilization in the Ajusco "ecological reserve" /​ Keith Pezzoli
Political strategies for more livable cities: lessons from six cases of development and political transition /​ Peter Evans.

Annotation. The sprawling cities of the developing world are vibrant hubs of economic growth, but they are also increasingly ecologically unsustainable and, for ordinary citizens, increasingly unlivable. Pollution is rising, affordable housing is decreasing, and green space is shrinking. Since three-quarters of those joining the world's population during the next century will live in Third World cities, making these urban areas more livable is one of the key challenges of the twenty-first century. This book explores the linked issues of livelihood and ecological sustainability in major cities of the developing and transitional world.Livable Cities?identifies important strategies for collective solutions by showing how political alliances among local communities, nongovernmental organizations, and public agencies can help ordinary citizens live better lives.

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Metropolitan areas--Case studies.
Urbanization--Case studies.

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