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Green Metropolis by David                  Owen
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Jan 26, 2010

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bookshelves: cities, environmentalism, journalism, nyc

This book was a good read, but it was unsatisfying considering it is a call for either complacency (If you live in NYC there's no need to have more energy efficient buildings because you use so little gas by not driving) or defeatism (If you don't live in NYC nothing you do matters, because you drive too much. Anything that makes cars more efficient is bad, because people will just drive them then. Etc.) It's also a bit unfocused -- he makes his entire point in the first chapter and then wanders around for much of the rest of the book. A lot of what he says is interesting, but it doesn't quite hold together.

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