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Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment

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What is a green city? What does it mean to say that San Francisco or Vancouver is more "green" than Houston or Beijing? When does urban growth lower environmental quality, and when does it yield environmental gains? How can cities deal with the environmental challenges posed by growth? These are the questions Matthew Kahn takes on in this smart and engaging book.

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Brookings Institution Press (first published 2006)
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Frank Stein
Jul 21, 2009 Frank Stein rated it really liked it

Short and to the point, it sometimes reads like an extended blog entry, but it did help clarify some issues about environmental economics that I was confused about.

He convincingly shoots down the "pollution haven" explanation for improved environmental quality in the first world. He shows that more polluting industries didn't necessarily move abroad because the content of US imports has actually gotten more environmentally friendly faster than US exports and manufacturing. The US is a high capit
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Michael Lewyn
Sep 03, 2016 Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it
A well written guide to a difficult problem. On the one hand, urbanization and affluence lead to less localized pollution, as a more affluent electorate becomes able to afford the costs of regulation, and new technologies limit pollution at bearable costs. Kahn points out that deindustrialization and the reduced pollution that it causes is not limited to the USA.

But Kahn adds that such affluence also increases pollution that spreads across boundaries, such as that caused by greenhouse gases. Bec
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