Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities

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Everything that landscape architects, architects, planners, civic officials, and citizen activists need to know about the critical urban role of public parks.
Everything that anybody (whether they are citizen activists, or public officials, or professional landscape architects, architects, and planners) needs to know about the critical role public parks play in creating livable communities. Millions of dollars are being spent on restoring parks and creating new ones. Planner ...

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Overview

Everything that landscape architects, architects, planners, civic officials, and citizen activists need to know about the critical urban role of public parks.
Everything that anybody (whether they are citizen activists, or public officials, or professional landscape architects, architects, and planners) needs to know about the critical role public parks play in creating livable communities. Millions of dollars are being spent on restoring parks and creating new ones. Planner Alexander Garvin explains the rationales for their existence, the forms they take, their value, ways to pay for and govern them, and the ingredients that make successful parks, providing the first single definitive source of wisdom about them.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
“…an excellent book…the quality of human life that parks allow is celebrated in this book. Recommended.”
Paul Goldberger
“Public parks are not a frill, but essential to the idea of community and, even more, to the idea of democracy. In this thorough, erudite, and civilizing work, the planner Alexander Garvin explains how parks came to be, how they are quite literally the common ground our culture seeks, and how the design of public parks can affect urban well-being.”
Planning Magazine
“All planning books should be this much fun to read.”
Portland Book Review
“Encyclopedic style, beautifully presented book…methodically detailed…If you are a traveler who enjoys all of what America has to offer or just a curious observer, Public Parks is a wonderful book to own, read, and enjoy.”
Ricky Burdett
“As cities explode exponentially or implode dramatically, the quality of the public realm will become increasingly significant to social well-being in the 21st century. More than ever before, public parks have the potential to humanize our existence in the contemporary urban world. The authoritative voice of Alex Garvin opens our eyes to what it takes to create great parks—how to design, finance, manage, and behave in them. Anyone who loves cities will applaud the lessons of this heroic book, that a good public park is at the heart of a democratic, sustainable society.”
Book News
“[S]ets the standard for urban park theory and design.”
The Statement
“This book contains everything that almost anyone (citizen activists, public officials, professional landscape architects, architects, and planners) needs to know about the critical role public parks play in creating livable communities.”
UrbanLand Magazine
“Garvin's Public Parks provides a comprehensive overview of why parks are important and how to sustain their existence. His insights and narratives will be useful for politicians, designers, planners, and, of course, the general public.”
Urban Design
“[A]n attractive, useful and enjoyable assembly of history, analysis and case studies. . . . [W]ell illustrated…beautifully designed and produced.”
Andrew Silver
“I’ve been relying on the wonderful Public Parks for all sorts of fantastic advice (the Stewardship and Finance and Governance Chapters have been life-savers)... My students have also enjoyed reading the book.”
Journal of Planning Education and Research
“This book offers those involved with park planning a firm grounding in park history and an opportunity to get excited about the possibilities for the future. Knowing where parks came from is an important step in understanding where they can go from here. . . . [U]seful for students, designers, planners, and citizen groups looking for a solid background in the history of parks and the park development process.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732795
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Series: Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,298,935
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Garvin heads a planning and design firm and lives in New York. He is an adjunct professor of urban planning and management at Yale University.

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