Place-based activism has played a critical role in the history of urban and environmental politics in California. This article explores the continuing significance of environmental place making to grassroots politics through a case study of Friends of Rose Canyon, an environmental group in San Diego. Based in the fast-growing University City neighborhood, Friends of Rose Canyon waged a long, successful campaign between 2002 and 2018 to prevent construction of a bridge in the Rose Canyon Open Space Park in their community. Using historical and participant observer methodologies, this study reveals how twenty-first-century California urbanites claimed and created meaningful local places and mobilized effective politics around them. It illuminates the critical role of individual activists; suggests practical, replicable strategies for community mobilization; and demonstrates the significant impact of local activism at the urban and metropolitan scales.
Research Article| August 01 2018
Friends of Rose Canyon: The Practical Politics of Place and Nature in Early Twenty-First-Century San Diego
California History (2018) 95 (3): 2–20.
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Andrew Wiese; Friends of Rose Canyon: The Practical Politics of Place and Nature in Early Twenty-First-Century San Diego. California History 1 August 2018; 95 (3): 2–20. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ch.2018.95.3.2
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