November 27, 2007

Book Review - Rivertown

Rivertown: Rethinking Urban Rivers
ed. by Paul Stanton Kibel
HT 175 .R58 2007

This collection of case studies illustrates a shifting relationship between rivers and their neighboring urban areas. This book highlights restoration efforts, both of the water resources and the adjacent property, in major cities across the United States. It also showcases the role that the federal government, particularly the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and activism among citizens plays in many of these cities. Each case study examines who makes decisions concerning the river and watershed, who benefit or suffers from these decisions, what costs, financial and otherwise, and stakeholder concerns are involved in the decision, and what can be learned by other cities considering similar questions. This book will be of interest to urban planners and those interested in environmental politics.