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By Ann Dale, John T. Pierce

During this paintings, representatives from 3 teams supply certain discussions of key suggestions and ideas in sustainable neighborhood improvement in Canada. The individuals contain Chris Bryant, Jill Dickinson, Thom Meredith, Maureen Reed, Mark Roseland and Robert Woollard.

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You can evolve further only by using what you have in new and interesting ways" (1996). The degree of latent potential within the world's urban systems is attested by their variety and by the number of experiments that already exist whereby communities have attempted to behave more sustainably (Alexander 1994; Rabinovitch and Leitman 1996; Roseland 1992). Not so clear is how this latent potential can be manifested in a way that enhances the persistence and adaptation of particular urban centres.

Certainly, too, it would justifiably be rejected by the impoverished quarter of the world's population living mostly in developing countries. Thus, many economists insist that global sustainability is achievable only through large increases in the consumption of goods and services in both poor and rich countries. The bad news, then, is that growth is seen as the only politically and economically viable means to alleviate poverty and inequity both within countries and between rich and poor countries.

Like the predator that is too successful, we might rapidly find ourselves incapable of digesting alternatives to our present diet if we destroy the basis for replenishment of the only "food" (material consumption) that we have adapted ourselves to use. Continued studies of our entrails without consideration of dramatically alternative ways of being in the world are unlikely to be useful if we overshoot the world's carrying capacity by our current 29 30 Robert Woollard and William Rees style of life.

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