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The Oak Ridges Moraine battles; development, sprawl, and nature conservation in the Toronto region.

9781442613027

The Oak Ridges Moraine battles; development, sprawl, and nature conservation in the Toronto region.

Sandberg, L. Anders and Gerda R. Wekerle, Liette Gilbert.

U. of Toronto Press

2013

320 pages

$29.95

QH77

In this conservation and urban planning monograph, Sandberg, Wekerle, and Gilbert (all in environmental studies, York U., Canada) discuss the political battles fought over the Oak Rides Moraine, an ecologically important landform threatened by urban sprawl. The authors critically analyze how this piece of physical environment acquired its socially constructed status as a conservation object, including an examination of the populations of residents who become actively involved and the alliances with money and power used by environmental groups when fighting development. Importantly, a kind of "branding" and "marketing" occurred, reinventing the area as a local treasure. The book concludes with a summary of both ecological awareness raised and revealing social dynamics exposed by the conflict.

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