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Locating the ‘Local Agenda’: Preserving Public Interest in the Evolving Urban World

ByJeb Brugmann

The Urban Environmental Transition (UET) concept does not suggest the necessity of common transition patterns from city to city across different regions during specific historical periods. However, in the modern era we do, in fact, observe similar patterns of environmental transition in widely different cities of diverse societies. Large, low-income settlements, whether in 19th century London or late 20th century Lima, appear to suffer similar public health problems. Industrialization appears to correlate with patterned increases in certain ambient pollutants. High-wealth cities appear to displace increasing portions of their environmental burdens to other territories.