Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice
- PUBLISHED: October 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Pacific Northwest, Environmental Studies, Geography, Native American and Indigenous Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 9 b&w illus., 3 maps, 1 table
- ISBN: 9780295749365
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
In Portland’s harbor, environmental justice groups challenge the EPA for a more thorough cleanup of the Willamette River. Near Olympia, the Puyallup assert their tribal sovereignty and treaty rights to fish. Seattle housing activists demand that Amazon pay to address the affordability crisis it helped create. Urban Cascadia, the infrastructure, social networks, built environments, and non-human animals and plants that are interconnected in the increasingly urbanized bioregion that surrounds Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, enjoys a reputation for progressive ambitions and forward-thinking green urbanism. Yet legacies of settler colonialism and environmental inequalities contradict these ambitions, even as people strive to achieve those progressive ideals. In this edited volume, historians, geographers, urbanists, and other scholars critically examine these contradictions to better understand the capitalist urbanization of nature, the creation of social and environmental inequalities, and the movements to fight for social and environmental justice. Neither a story of green disillusion nor one of green boosterism, Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice reveals how the region can address broader issues of environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and the politics of environmental change.
Authors & Contributors
Nik Janos is associate professor of sociology at California State University, Chico. Corina McKendry is associate professor of political science and environmental studies at Colorado College.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Urban Cascadia and the Green Imaginary Nik Janos and Corina McKendry Part 1. Urbanization Chapter 1. Dwelling with the Entwined Ecotopian and Techno-utopian Legacies of Cascadia Jeffrey C. Sanders Chapter 2. The Making of Urban Cascadia: Extending Urbanization through Airplanes, Software, and Infrastructure Nik Janos Chapter 3. Infrastructural Wilderness: Seattle and the Binding of City and Region Thaisa Way and Ken P. Yocom Chapter 4. Urbanization and Water Governance Dynamics in Bend and Hood River, Oregon Alida Cantor and Alexander Reid Ross Part 2: Inequalities Chapter 5. Tales of Three Cities: Urban History, Settler Colonialism, and Indigenous Survivance in Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria Coll Thrush Chapter 6. A History of Puyallup Fishing Resistance Danica Miller Chapter 7. Our River, Our Future: More-Than-Local Grassroots Activism in the Portland Harbor Erin Goodling Chapter 8. The Progressive Promise of Reconcilliation in Vancouver's Northeast False Creek Giuseppe Tolfo Part 3. Governance Chapter 9. Against "Seattle-ization": Housing Justice and Activism in the Age of Amazon Jannifer L. Rice Chapter 10. Conflicting Sustainabilities and the Limits of Localized Green Governance Corina McKendry Chapter 11. Ecological Democracy and the Duwamish River Cleanup Mark Purcell Chapter 12. Drawing the Thin Green Line: Throwing a Wrench in Carbon Commodity Chains Corina McKendry and Nik Janos Conclusion Nik Janos and Corina McKendry List of Contributors Index
"A delightful new contribution to the growing debate on urban political ecology (UPE), especially as it is interested in environmental justice concerns, and at the same time a definitive portrait of a region that has long looked coherent to its residents for ecological, historical, geographical, cultural, and political reasons, but has now gained a clear profile beyond the region itself...Janos and McKendry’s book ultimately presents Cascadia as a—materially humid, watery, and rainy—source of powerful concepts and ideas that have already been formative and will be generative in UPE conversations in years to come."-
"By exploring the complexities of urban inequality from Portland to Vancouver, this bracing volume is a sobering reminder that building a real-life ecotopia must reckon with enduring legacies of discrimination. This is a vital, timely book."- Matthew Klingle, author of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
"A timely contribution that speaks to issues of current relevance and controversy in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, highlighting the knowledge and understandings of BIPOC Cascadians."- Carl Abbott, author of How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America