A collaboration with the Green Inequalities blog from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability (BCNUEJ), which seeks to highlight new research and reflections on the linkages between the dominant forms of “green” redevelopments taking place in cities and questions of urban environmental justice.

June 2, 2020

Are ‘Nature-based Solutions’ an answer to unsustainable cities or a tool for furthering nature’s neoliberalisation?

By Panagiota Kotsila. Nature-based Solutions (NBS) are broadly perceived as positive ‘triple-win’ strategies, though they have so far shown contradictions and limited transformational potential for advancing environmental justice and sustainability in cities. We can, however, recover the underlying idea of respecting and protecting biodiversity as well as caring for and with nature to repair or transform some of our broken systems.
April 21, 2020

Will Cleveland’s greening efforts perpetuate racial inequalities?

By Margarita Triguero-Mas. If equity is not made a priority, Cleveland’s vision of becoming a “green city on a blue lake” risks falling victim to the injustices of green gentrification felt in similar revival cities across the US.
March 24, 2020

How one of Montréal’s poorest neighborhood became ripe for green gentrification

By Melissa García Lamarca. Greening projects both large and small in the rapidly developing Saint Henri neighborhood are stitching together a post-industrial landscape to create new and exclusionary forms of urban living.
February 18, 2020

Can trees address environmental inequities in Mediterranean cities? 

By Amalia Calderón-Argelich, Francesc Baró, Johannes Langemeyer and James Connolly While the uneven distribution of street tree benefits in Barcelona favors elderly residents in particular and partially compensates for the lack of larger green spaces in several districts, it is clear that street trees must be accompanied by other sustainable mobility measures to advance urban environmental health and justice.
January 21, 2020

Can a denser Austin be both green and affordable?

By James Connolly and Mateus Lira. Austin is considered one of the most ecological cities in the US, but due to a history of racial segregation, environmental injustice, gentrification, and misguided policies, access to housing and green space remains a privilege for wealthier residents.
December 3, 2019

How green gentrification is compromising Seattle’s last affordable neighborhood

By Helen Cole. In South Park, the fight for environmental justice is giving way to an affordable housing crisis.
November 19, 2019

Why Green is Not Enough: Creating Relational Well-Being in Children Through Urban Play Spaces

By Carmen Pérez del Pulgar. A study of two parks in Barcelona that have had very different impacts on children’s social skills shows the importance of considering social structures in the planning of new parks and urban play spaces.
November 5, 2019

Green gentrification and the struggles over Denver housing rights

By Margarita Triguero-Mas Gentrification spurred by urban renewal in the form of new parks and riverfronts have sparked a housing crisis with few solutions in sight.
November 5, 2019

Green inequalities in the city: An Introduction to the Series

By Gustavo García López, Isabelle Anguelovski and Ana Cañizares. A new Series exploring the intersections between urban green initiatives and environmental justice.
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