Journal Article

Downwind, Downstream, Downtown: The Environmental Legacy in Baltimore and Montreal

Sherry Olson

in Environmental History

Published on behalf of American Society for Environmental History

Volume 12, issue 4, pages 845-866
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 1084-5453
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1930-8892 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/envhis/12.4.845
Downwind, Downstream, Downtown: The Environmental Legacy in Baltimore and Montreal

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For two centuries, each surge of city-building has consumed massive amounts of raw materials and restructured flows of materials, as merchants and manufacturers reached out to capture resources from greater distances but persisted in accumulating a large share of the wastes close to home. Eight such surges of growth can be seen, and synchronized, in Baltimore, Maryland, and Montreal, Quebec. The environmental impacts are marshalled to appeal for more attention to material flows at scales that reflect the boom-and-bust context of urban decision making.

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Subjects: Environmental History ; Environment ; Environmentalist Thought and Ideology (Social Science)

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