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The Greening of Everyday LifeChallenging Practices, Imagining Possibilities$
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John M. Meyer and Jens Kersten

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198758662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758662.001.0001

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At Home in the Watershed

At Home in the Watershed

Environmental Imaginaries and Spatial Politics in Los Angeles

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The Greening of Everyday Life

Sayd Randle

Oxford University Press

In Los Angeles, local environmentalists have long advocated for the city to embrace distributed green infrastructure installations to manage stormwater flows and recharge local groundwater supplies. This chapter uses an urban political ecology lens to examine the processes that have aided (and stalled) the adoption of these techniques into the cityscape. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork among NGOs building and helping maintain these installations, I explore the political implications of this “watershed approach” to water and landscape in the city. Particular attention is paid to the human labor that maintaining this kind of infrastructure requires, and the different frames through which this kind work has been represented over the years.

Keywords:   green infrastructure, Los Angeles, stormwater, labor, groundwater, political ecology

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