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SLOW CITIES: SUSTAINABLE PLACES IN A FAST WORLD

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9906.2006.00298.x

Affiliations: Virginia Tech

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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