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Human Settlements and Planning for Ecological Sustainability : The Case of Mexico City - Keith Pezzoli

Human Settlements and Planning for Ecological Sustainability

The Case of Mexico City

By: Keith Pezzoli, John Friedman (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 14th September 2000
ISBN: 9780262661140
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 18+ years old

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foreword by John Friedmann In many areas of the world, environmental degradation in and around human settlements is undermining prospects for both socioeconomic justice and ecological sustainability. To explore the issues involved in this worldwide problem, Keith Pezzoli focuses on a dramatic instance of conflict that grew out of the unauthorized penetration of human settlements into the Ajusco greenbelt zone, a vital part of Mexico City's ecological reserve. The Mexican government's initial response to these "irregular" human settlements was contradictory and reactive. Social unrest, ecological deterioration, and violence have all been part of the continuing crisis.The heart of the book is the story of what happened when residents of Los Belvederes, a group of Ajusco settlements, fought relocation by proposing that Los Belvederes be transformed into Colonias Ecolthe bo Productivas, or productive ecology settlements. Through innovative organized resistance, their grass-roots movement generated environmental and social action that eventually won crucial state support. Pezzoli draws upon urban and regional planning theory and practice to examine biophysical as well as ethical and social sides of the story, and he uses the Mexican experience to identify planning strategies to link economy, ecology, and community in sustainable development.

"This book is recommended for anyone interested in urban planning and the struggle for sustainable development in the urbancontext... Human Settlements and Planning for Ecological Sustainability goes to the heart of what is needed to accomplish sustainable development in an urban setting... This book and the study it contains are vital to our future." Mark J. Spalding, Journal of Environment &Development "This book transects a number of important fields and will be a mustfor scholars interested in sustainable development, political ecology,third world urbanization, comparative environmental politics, and newsocial movements." Stephen Mumme , Professor of Political Science,Colorado State University

Introductionp. 3
Mexico City's Current Status: A Global and Comparative Perspectivep. 37
Urban-Environmental Policy and Planning: International Agendas/Local Realitiesp. 69
Mexico City's Urban-Ecological Coevolutionp. 107
State-Society Relations and the Production of Human Settlementsp. 143
Ecological Arguments and the Politics of Containmentp. 163
The Expansion of Irregular Settlements into the Greenbelt Zone of Ajuscop. 193
Key Actors and the Overall Balance of Forcesp. 225
Popular Mobilization in the Formation of Los Belvederes: Origins, Structures and Agendasp. 245
Grassroots Environmental Action at the Frontier: The Colonia Ecologica Productiva Movementp. 271
Ecology as Politicsp. 313
Conclusionp. 341
Referencesp. 359
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780262661140
ISBN-10: 0262661144
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 14th September 2000
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.09  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.62