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Neighborhood as RefugeCommunity Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City$
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Isabelle Anguelovski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026925

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026925.001.0001

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Place Remaking through Environmental Recovery and Revitalization

Place Remaking through Environmental Recovery and Revitalization

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(p.131) 5 Place Remaking through Environmental Recovery and Revitalization
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Neighborhood as Refuge
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Isabelle Anguelovski

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026925.003.0005

In Dudley, Casc Antic, and CayoHueso, people feel strongly attached to the places where they live and work, to their tangible assets, and to the relationships that they have built there. These strong attachments have motivated them to engage in environmental revitalization initiatives. Even so, residents have suffered from environmental trauma and loss, so when activists repair community spaces, build new parks and playgrounds, and develop urban farms and community gardens, they do so to address residents’ grief and fear of erasure from a neighborhood that has been seen as a devastated war zone. Over time, environmental projects help to heal the community, achieve environmental recovery, and create a sense of rootedness and home. They create safe havens for individuals and families, offer a soothing refuge away from the pressures of the city relations. As they remake a place for residents, activists also work to create a self-sustained urban village, celebrate the community, rebuild a local collective identity, enhance ties between residents, and encourage them to continue to participate in the reconstruction and protection of their community. Social aspects of urban sustainability include here focusing on place remaking, addressing trauma and fear of erasure, and rebuilding a stronger local identity.

Keywords:   Environmental recovery, Trauma and loss, Fear of Erasure, Place-(re)making, Safe havens, Rootedness, Identity building

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