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The Mightier Hudson: The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape [Hardcover]

Roger D. Stone

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Book Description

May 1 2012
The amazing story of the transformation of the Hudson River; a tale of environmental, economic, cultural and political success.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762763957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762763955
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g

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The historic Hudson River Valley is unquestionably one of America's
> most storied places, but over the years it had been much abused. Now,
> as Roger Stone tells us in The Mightier Hudson, communities up and
> down the river are creatively using its natural and cultural resources
> to build a new economy designed to sustain both those resources and
> the livelihoods of the people who live there. By effectively putting
> the lie to the false choice between economic progress and
> environmental protection, it is an important and uplifting story that
> should be read, and applied, by those living in communities along
> waterways everywhere.
>
> Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic
> Preservation
>
The historic Hudson River Valley is unquestionably one of America's
> most storied places, but over the years it had been much abused. Now,
> as Roger Stone tells us in The Mightier Hudson, communities up and
> down the river are creatively using its natural and cultural resources
> to build a new economy designed to sustain both those resources and
> the livelihoods of the people who live there. By effectively putting
> the lie to the false choice between economic progress and
> environmental protection, it is an important and uplifting story that
> should be read, and applied, by those living in communities along
> waterways everywhere.
>
> Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic
> Preservation
>

From the Inside Flap

Against the odds, the Hudson Valley has cleaned up its act and rediscovered its soul. In this well researched and passionate treatise on the much celebrated but long abused Hudson River, author Roger Stone describes how protecting New York City’s drinking water supply, making innovative
efforts to safeguard views and open space, and reconnecting communities with long abandoned stretches of priceless shoreline have combined to bring about a new age of spirited restoration in a region that long seemed condemned to cultural and environmental mediocrity. 
 
Stone links disparate historical, cultural, political, and environmental threads to clearly show the multiple forces that have made this turnaround happen, a vivid example of new ideas and values for a nation struggling to counter devastating economic and environmental effects of misusing the landscape. The extraordinary revival of the majestic Hudson River estuary and its surrounding areas, even in communities where hope was long in short supply, shows remarkable results when it’s done right.

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