MetroGreen: Connecting Open Space in North American Cities

MetroGreen: Connecting Open Space in North American Cities

by Donna Erickson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559638915

ISBN-13: 9781559638913

Pub. Date: 10/09/2006

Publisher: Island Press

In metropolitan areas across the country, you can hear the laments over the loss of green space to new subdivisions and strip malls. But some city residents have taken unprecedented measures to protect their open land, and a growing movement seeks not only to preserve these lands but to link them in green corridors.
 
Many land-use and urban planning

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Overview

In metropolitan areas across the country, you can hear the laments over the loss of green space to new subdivisions and strip malls. But some city residents have taken unprecedented measures to protect their open land, and a growing movement seeks not only to preserve these lands but to link them in green corridors.
 
Many land-use and urban planning professionals, along with landscape architects and environmental advocates, have joined in efforts to preserve natural areas. MetroGreen answers their call for a deeper exploration of the latest thinking and newest practices in this growing conservation field. In ten case studies of U.S. and Canadian cities paired for comparative analysis-Toronto and Chicago, Calgary and Denver, and Vancouver and Portland among them-Erickson looks closely at the motivations and objectives for connecting open spaces across metropolitan areas. She documents how open-space networks have been successfully created and protected, while also highlighting the critical human and ecological benefits of connectivity.
 
MetroGreen's unique focus on several cities rather than a single urban area offers a perspective on the political, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions that affect open-space planning and the outcomes of its implementation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638913
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
 
PART I. Open-Space Networks for Metropolitan Regions
Chapter 1. Connected Open Space: The Metropolitan Scale
Chapter 2. Learning from City Stories: Ten Case Study Comparisons
 
PART II. Connectivity and Human Ecological Planning
Chapter 3. Ecology—Home: Toronto and Chicago
Chapter 4. Recreation - Well Being: Milwaukee and Ottawa
Chapter 5. Transportation - Movement: Calgary and Denver
Chapter 6. Community—Neighborhood: Vancouver and Portland
Chapter 7. Green Infrastructure - Hard Working City Systems Minneapolis and Cleveland
 
PART III. Synthesis: Key Ingredients, Challenges, and Strategic Trends
Chapter 8. Lessons for Realizing Connected Open-Space Networks in North American Cities
 
Notes
References

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