A resilient town or city is one inspired by Transition Towns. Namely, that if the oil ran out tomorrow, you would still be okay! Most towns and cities today are run by oil: for the energy used to the fact that most people have to shop at supermarkets, due to a lack of local food. Therefore oil powers the trucks (that cause up to 25% of all road traffic) to take food from central distribution houses to the shops. In essence, if the oil gets too expensive (or there is a truck strike), the town comes to a standstill. A resilient city grows its own food and uses community solar panels, so that it’s far more independent, and not relying on corporate structures or management.
From the Ground Up looks at how US cities are reclaiming their streets from cars, restoring watersheds, growing forests and adapting shorelines to transform the places lived in. In Washington DC, local people are expanding the urban tree canopy and offering job training in urban forestry. In New York, transit agencies are working to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, while shortening commutes. And in San Francisco, community activists are creating shoreline parks, while addressing environmental injustice. All of these improve communities, and also make the places lived more climate resilient, and also address social and racial injustice. See toxic trees, plants and mulches to avoid near pets.
Movement: How To Take Back Our Streets looks at how we approach the biggest urban problem of too many cars on the streets, and looks at how people in The Netherlands do things differently. Make our communities safer, cleaner and greener, by first asking: ‘Who do our streets belong to?’ Just decreasing traffic in cities and making more bikes available is not the answer. In this enlighening book, the authors challenge us to rethink our ideas about transport, to put people at the heart of urban design.