Mattingly, Paul H. Suburban Landscapes Culture and Politics in a New York Metropolitan Community. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
This source is a book that provides insight into the deep history of the suburb located within my site.
For my analysis to be successful, I must become familiarized with the history of the location. Specifically, I need a solid understanding of the local communities near the site and how they developed over time in conjunction with the hazardous waste. This book not only provides the formative history of the communities, but also the local politics and decision-making that possibly contributed to the creation of nearby landfills. By using this source, I will likely be able to draw conclusions on why landfills were generated near communities. Furthermore, it may also help me hone in on key actors in the story after achieving a broad grasp of the area’s structure.
Magar, Victor S., et al. “Geochemical Stability of Chromium in Sediments from the Lower Hackensack River, New Jersey.” The Science of the Total Environment, vol. 394, no. 1, Elsevier B.V, 2008
This scholarly article provides scientific evidence on the effects of pollutive practices near the Hackensack River.
Throughout the process of gathering research material, I noticed a striking lack of scientific evidence to support my claims. Although this is supposed to be an analysis of the relationship between people and environmental practices, I need to prove that this issue was dangerous enough to warrant community action. This is where this secondary source comes into play. Armed with this source, I will be able to gain a better understanding of the effects of pollution in the area, eventually tieing it back to the people. By having the ability to provide analytical details on the unfair environmental damage this area has faced, I can add further credibility to my argument, thus strengthening my overall analysis.
Klenosky, David B., et al. “If We Transform the Landfill, Will They Come? Predicting Visitation to Freshkills Park in New York City.” Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 167, Elsevier B.V, 2017
This source is another scholarly article that goes over the history of Freshkills Park and the efforts to overcome its disgusting past.
I am fully aware that Freshkills Park is unrelated to my chosen site, but there is a reason that I chose this as a secondary source. Freshkills is notorious for its endless hordes of landfills, along with its gradual transformation into a safe park for Staten Island residents. Similarly, my chosen site also suffered from destructive dumping practices and was also eventually overhauled for the safety of local communities. Before writing a final analysis, I need to provide reasons as to why my site suffered from environmental injustice, along with answers to how landfills alike can be transformed for the better. Using this source, I can give clear solutions to these questions and possibly insert other angles using Freshkills as an example.