In a post of four hundred – six hundred word (this means you need to be succinct but
thorough in addressing the questions), address the following questions.
Please reference at least two specific provided readings, videos, or other
resources for the week (and cite by name only- no full citation
necessary- in the sentence or in parentheses).
1. What specifically is the urgency in creating a sustainable city and
2. What are the different definitions/concepts of sustainability provided in
the course readings and videos? Are one or another more relevant to
addressing historic injustices that seem to continue to affect decision-
making processes in urban planning and/or real estate development?
3. Reflect on the field of real estate development. Provide one example
of how real estate development is stuck within three conflicting goals of
sustainability in planning specific to historical planning processes.
Provide details. Is it possible for real estate development to
resolve/move past the injustices created? How, if any? Push your
thinking on this one.
Environmental racism, environmental justice, and white privilege
● Pulido, L. (2000). Rethinking environmental racism: White privilege and urban
development in Southern California. Annals of the Association of American
Geographers, 90(1), 12-40. Access via PSU library. A lot of heavy reading and terms
here. Adds some nuance to the understanding of EJ by noting the role of white privilege
and decentralization (e.g. white flight as part of environmental injustices).
Contesting green gentrification
● Park-Related AntiDisplacement Strategies (PRADS)
● Curran, W., & Hamilton, T. (2012). Just green enough: Contesting environmental
gentrification in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Local Environment, 17(9), 1027-1042. Access via
● Lubitow, A., & Miller, T. R. (2013). Contesting sustainability: Bikes, race, and politics in
Portlandia. Environmental Justice, 6(4), 121-126. Access here