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City of Forests, City of FarmsSustainability Planning for New York City's Nature$
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Lindsay K. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707506

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707506.001.0001

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Constructing the “Greener, Greater” City

Constructing the “Greener, Greater” City

Politics, Discourses, and Material Practices

(p.169) 7. Constructing the “Greener, Greater” City
City of Forests, City of Farms

Lindsay K. Campbell

Cornell University Press

Chapter seven synthesizes these two cases, making comparisons across the three thematic areas explored in the book—politics, discourse, and materiality. It begins by returning to the central question of why urban forestry was so appealing that it merited its own signature mayoral initiative in PlaNYC, whereas urban agriculture was overlooked. It analyzes the networks, public-private partnerships, elite ties, and bureaucratic structures that were involved in PlaNYC, revealing whose voice was heard and whose voice was ignored in the sustainability planning process. Then, bearing in mind that the politics of urban nature is both framed by storylines and influenced by non-human actants, the chapter widens this analysis from a focus on politics and social networks to a focus on actor-networks and key narratives. Finally, the chapter observes how the cases shift over time in response to both internal and external factors, even within a four year window.

Keywords:   politics, governance, discourse, quantification, competition, growth, justice, spatiality, materiality

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