31 Oct '11, 6pm

Why small cities are poised for success in an oil-starved future:

Why small cities are poised for success in an oil-starved future:

A couple of years ago, while I was reporting on a redevelopment plan in Buffalo, N.Y., I met up with Robert Shibley, an architecture professor who had long been interested in a renaissance for his once-great Rust Belt town. Buffalo, along with cities like Utica, Syracuse, and Rochester, had the sort of wonderful, old architecture and infrastructure you can find across upstate New York. We agreed that it was a shame to watch these places crumble in abandonment. But Shibley foresaw a glorious future. With ample freshwater (including the nearby Great Lakes), rich agricultural land, and a cool climate, upstate New York was well positioned in a hot, thirsty, and oil-starved future. It was almost a Manifest Destiny. "It is our ecological responsibility to grow here," he said. Catherine Tumber would have agreed. Her excellent new book, Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of Ame...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-10-31-why-small-cities-a...

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