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From symbolic gesture to the mainstream: Next steps in local urban sustainability

Newman, P. (1998) From symbolic gesture to the mainstream: Next steps in local urban sustainability. Local Environment, 3 (3). pp. 299-311.

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Sustainability requires innovation that involves a series of demonstrations at the local level usually seen as merely symbolic gestures. However, when tested and found to fulfil sustainability objectives, then the opportunity is available for such innovations to be mainstreamed, though often there are major obstacles to such mainstreaming. This paper examines innovations from around the world in Ecological Urban Renewal, Green Accounting, Transit Oriented Development, ‘Car‐Free’ City Design, New Urbanist Design, and Organic City Processes. It suggests that there are many signs of hope in the emerging innovations. Mainstreaming, however, will require visionary planning, new manuals and training of professionals, and a deep commitment to democracy at the grass roots to overcome entrenched positions and institutions. The role of local government in these innovations is critical.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Co.,
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