Concrete jungle : New York City and our last best hope for a sustainable future
- Niles Eldredge and Sidney Horenstein.
- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
- Physical description
- 1 online resource
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Preface: The Yin and Yang of Cities
- 1. Regarding Broadway: The Urban Saga and the New York Microcosm
- 2. Forest Primeval Building Stones
- 3. Landscape Transformed Around the American Museum of Natural History East River Shoreline
- 4. Growth of the Concrete Jungle One Hundred and Fifty-Fifth Street Queensboro Bridge and East River
- 5. Fouling, and Cleaning, the Nest The High Bridge
- 6. Invasion and Survival John Torrey Fort Tryon Park The Battery The Sea Wall
- 7. Resilience, Restoration, and Redemption Canyonlands and the Future
- 8. Cities, Globalization, and the Future of Biodiversity Notes, References, and Suggestions for Further Reading List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
If they are to survive, cities need healthy chunks of the world's ecosystems to persist; yet cities, like parasites, grow and prosper by local destruction of these very ecosystems. In this absorbing and wide-ranging book, Eldredge and Horenstein use New York City as a microcosm to explore both the positive and the negative sides of the relationship between cities, the environment, and the future of global biodiversity. They illuminate the mass of contradictions that cities present in embodying the best and the worst of human existence. The authors demonstrate that, though cities have voracious appetites for resources such as food and water, they also represent the last hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world's ecosystems and species. With their concentration of human beings, cities bring together centers of learning, research, government, finance, and media institutions that increasingly play active roles in solving environmental problems. Some of the topics covered in Concrete Jungle: the geological history of the New York region, including remnant glacial features visible today; the early days of urbanization on Manhattan Island, focusing on the history of Central Park, Collect Pond, and Manhattan Square; the history of early railway lines and the development of New York's iconic subway system; the problem of producing enough safe drinking water for an ever-expanding population; and prominent civic institutions, including universities, museums, and zoos.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Urban ecology (Sociology) > New York (State) > New York.
- Urban geography > New York (State) > New York.
- Environmental degradation > New York (State) > New York.
- Biodiversity > New York (State) > New York.
- New York (N.Y.) > Historical geography.
- New York (N.Y.) > Environmental conditions.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Sociology > Urban.
- SCIENCE > Earth Sciences > Geography.
- Environmental degradation.
- Historical geography.
- Urban ecology (Sociology)
- Urban geography.
- New York (State) > New York.
- Electronic book.
- Publication date
- 9780520958302 (electronic bk.)
- 0520958306 (electronic bk.)
- 1322047308 (electronic bk.)
- 9781322047300 (electronic bk.)