Slow Cities: Sustainable Places in a Fast World

Mayer, Heike; Know, Paul L. (2006). Slow Cities: Sustainable Places in a Fast World. Journal of urban affairs, 28(4), pp. 321-334. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1467-9906.2006.00298.x

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This article examines the Slow Food and Slow City movement as an alternative approach to urban development that focuses on local resources, economic and cultural strengths, and the unique historical context of a town. Following recent discussions about the politics of alternative economic development, the study examines the Slow City movement as a strategy to address the interdependencies between goals for economic, environmental, and equitable urban development. In particular, we draw on the examples of two Slow Cities in Germany—Waldkirch and Hersbruck, and show how these towns are retooling their urban policies. The study is placed in the context of alternative urban development agendas as opposed to corporate-centered development. We conclude the article by offering some remarks about the institutional and political attributes of successful Slow Cities and the transferability of the concept.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Economic Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Heike

Subjects:

700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0735-2166

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2015 13:59

Last Modified:

25 Aug 2015 13:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1467-9906.2006.00298.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.71156

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/71156

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