Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development
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Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl

Over the past two decades, sustainability has become a principal concern for city administrators. It is a more than just environmental entailing economic, demographic, governance, social, and amenity aspects. After a short introduction to some theory, this book provides broad coverage of these aspects and their manifestations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The contributors discuss, in detail, topics surrounding measurement, growth strategy, citizen participation, revitalization, and competitiveness. Though each of the cities discussed – ranging from Shanghai, to Barcelona, to Montreal – are distinct, there are similarities that connect them all. The book highlights their common elements to provide a feasible outcome for sustainable urban development.
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Chapter 11: Urban sustainability and revitalization: the case of the Mile End in Montreal

Juan-Luis Klein, Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay and Juliette Rochman


A number of studies have shown that poor neighborhoods find considerable support from the social and solidarity-based economy (SSE) for launching local initiatives for innovative and sustainable territorial revitalization processes (Tremblay et al., 2009a). Local projects rooted in the SSE can have a positive impact on job creation, the inclusion of excluded groups, the provision of services to the poorest citizens (Moulaert and Ailenei, 2005), as well as on getting resilient local development processes under way (Hamdouch et al., 2012). However, the mere presence of the SSE does not suffice to trigger these processes. Instead, they are shaped by tension and conflicts, and by progress and setbacks, as many case studies have shown (Klein and Champagne, 2011; Tremblay et al., 2009a). In this chapter we examine this topic by way of a case study on the Mile End, a neighborhood in the city of Montreal. We seek to answer the following question: To what extent does the revitalization begun in the Mile End, widely supported and coordinated by SSE organizations, point to the need for a revision of our notion of sustainability in urban development? In other words, does the case bring us to reconsider our vision of the sustainable city?

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