Hilary Angelo, How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens – University of Chicago Press, February 2021

Now published – Hilary Angelo, How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens – University of Chicago Press, February 2021

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AngeloHilary Angelo, How Green Became Good: Urbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens – University of Chicago Press, February 2021

As projects like Manhattan’s High Line, Chicago’s 606, China’s eco-cities, and Ethiopia’s tree-planting efforts show, cities around the world are devoting serious resources to urban greening. Formerly neglected urban spaces and new high-end developments draw huge crowds thanks to the considerable efforts of city governments. But why are greening projects so widely taken up, and what good do they do? In How Green Became Good, Hillary Angelo uncovers the origins and meanings of the enduring appeal of urban green space, showing that city planners have long thought that creating green spaces would lead to social improvement. Turning to Germany’s Ruhr Valley (a region that, despite its ample open space, was “greened” with the addition of official parks and gardens), Angelo shows that greening is as much a…

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