"Along with these real estate projects, Midtown Detroit is also helping to attract or develop the amenities that city dwellers want around their apartments, like bike paths, parks where residents can walk their dogs, and places to eat and shop. A Whole Foods is to open in midtown next year, and a light rail project is in the planning stages."
So, note that "consumer city" causes low carbon city! That's the whole idea of our project. Here is our paper's abstract:
Urban density both facilitates consumption opportunities and encourages individuals to drive less and walk and use public transit more. This paper melds insights from both the “consumer city” literature and the “low carbon city” literature. Using several data sets, we present evidence supporting the hypothesis that global urban sustainability is enhanced by downtown improvements in quality of life. We discuss possible causal channels for this association.