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Livable Cities?Urban Struggles for Livelihood and Sustainability$
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Peter Evans

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230248

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230248.001.0001

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Sustainability, Livelihood, and Community Mobilization in the Ajusco “Ecological Reserve”

Sustainability, Livelihood, and Community Mobilization in the Ajusco “Ecological Reserve”

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(p.195) 7 Sustainability, Livelihood, and Community Mobilization in the Ajusco “Ecological Reserve”
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Livable Cities?
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Keith Pezzoli

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230248.003.0007

This chapter concentrates on the colonias ecológicas productivas (CEP) movement that sheds light on the political dynamics of community struggles for life space and livelihood and the challenges involved in trying to integrate these struggles with strategies that enhance sustainability. The mobilization of Bosques del Pedregal makes clear how much community success depends on the ability to engage the capabilities of relevant state agencies. The CEP movement suggested programs and strategies for approaching sustainability, but its proponents did not get the support they needed from the state. Examining the twists and turns that mark the struggles of the families of Los Belvederes to combine livelihood and sustainability in Ajusco generates a new appreciation for the need for an interdisciplinary approach to planning that builds into itself a strategic emphasis on social experimentation, feedback loops, social learning, and continuous improvement.

Keywords:   colonias ecológicas productivas, Bosques del Pedregal, livelihood, sustainability, community mobilization, Los Belvederes, political dynamics

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