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These achievements are not accidents. Spreading people thinly across the countryside may make them feel green, but it doesn't reduce the damage they do to the environment. In fact, it increases the damage, while also making the problems they cause harder to see and to address. Owen contends that the environmental problem we face, at the current stage of our assault on the world's nonrenewable resources, is not how to make teeming cities more like the pristine countryside. The problem is how to make other settled places more like Manhattan, whose residents presently come closer than any other Americans to meeting environmental goals that all of us, eventually, will have to come to terms with.
"Owen's style...is cool, understated and witty; it does not appear to be in his nature to be alarmist. But this is a thoroughly alarming book." ( The Washington Post)
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By QuartzandPyrite on 03-24-16
Great take on common themes
Would you listen to Green Metropolis again? Why?
Definitely. I enjoyed how he broke down each of the topics he discussed, giving the history and the facts while keeping it light and accessible.
Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?
Patrick Lawlor is fantastic, I wish he would look at my wish list and just record everything I want to read. I was on the fence about this book until I saw that it was performed by Patrick Lawlor. He just brings the story to life and makes the writing that much more engaging.
Any additional comments?
A lot of books with similar subject matter- using the same studies as evidence, the same historical references, etc- are out there. It has the opportunity to be dry, but it doesn't take it. David Owen reminds us how marketing has seeped into every aspect of the "green" movement to distort facts and reality, and then leaves it all on the table and says "Do what you want with this." It's refreshing, not only to have an author so willing to play the devil's advocate on such tender issues as environmental protection and sustainability- but to be neither boastful nor condescending in the presenting of facts. I really enjoyed this book.