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Hardcover | Out of Print | 464 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1998 | ISBN: 9780262161732
Paperback | $9.75 Short | £8.95 | 464 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 2000 | ISBN: 9780262661140
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Human Settlements and Planning for Ecological Sustainability

The Case of Mexico City
Foreword by John Friedman


foreword by John Friedmann In many areas of the world, environmental degradation in and around human settlements is undermining prospects for both socioeconomic justice and ecological sustainability. To explore the issues involved in this worldwide problem, Keith Pezzoli focuses on a dramatic instance of conflict that grew out of the unauthorized penetration of human settlements into the Ajusco greenbelt zone, a vital part of Mexico City's ecological reserve. The Mexican government's initial response to these "irregular" human settlements was contradictory and reactive. Social unrest, ecological deterioration, and violence have all been part of the continuing crisis.The heart of the book is the story of what happened when residents of Los Belvederes, a group of Ajusco settlements, fought relocation by proposing that Los Belvederes be transformed into Colonias Ecolthe bo Productivas, or productive ecology settlements. Through innovative organized resistance, their grass-roots movement generated environmental and social action that eventually won crucial state support. Pezzoli draws upon urban and regional planning theory and practice to examine biophysical as well as ethical and social sides of the story, and he uses the Mexican experience to identify planning strategies to link economy, ecology, and community in sustainable development.


“This book is recommended for anyone interested in urban planning and the struggle for sustainable development in the urbancontext. . . . Human Settlements and Planning for Ecological Sustainability goes to the heart of what is needed to accomplish sustainable development in an urban setting. . . . This book and the study it contains are vital to our future.”
Mark J. Spalding, Journal of Environment &Development
“This book transects a number of important fields and will be a must for scholars interested in sustainable development, political ecology, third world urbanization, comparative environmental politics, and new social movements.”
Stephen Mumme, Professor of Political Science,Colorado State University