Urban Green: Innovative Parks For Resurgent Cities

Urban Green: Innovative Parks For Resurgent Cities

by Peter Harnik
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597266841

ISBN-13: 9781597266840

Pub. Date: 06/08/2010

Publisher: Island Press

Urban Green explores new and innovative ways for "built out" cities to add much-needed parkland. Peter Harnik explains why urban parks are needed, then addresses how much parkland is truly possible and where specific investment can go. He offers a variety of examples and practical solutions, giving helpful guidance to those vested in making cities more beautiful,

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Urban Green explores new and innovative ways for "built out" cities to add much-needed parkland. Peter Harnik explains why urban parks are needed, then addresses how much parkland is truly possible and where specific investment can go. He offers a variety of examples and practical solutions, giving helpful guidance to those vested in making cities more beautiful, sociable, ecologically sound, and successful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597266840
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,094,037
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael R. Bloomberg xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Of Cities and Parks

Chapter 1 How Much Parkland Should a City Have? 13

Chapter 2 The Different Kinds of Parks and Their Uses 20

Chapter 3 Is It Acres, Facilities, or Distance? 25

Chapter 4 Parks and Their Competition 33

Chapter 5 Neighborhoods Are Not All Created Equal 38

Chapter 6 It's Not How Much but Who and Why 42

Chapter 7 A Process Rather than a Standard 46

Chapter 8 Stop, Look, and Listen 49

Chapter 9 Analyze and Prioritize 53

Chapter 10 Don't Forget Money and Time 56

Part II Finding Park Space in the City

Chapter 11 Buying It 63

Chapter 12 Utilizing Urban Redevelopment 70

Chapter 13 Community Gardens 83

Chapter 14 Old Landfills 90

Chapter 15 Wetlands and Stormwater Storage Ponds 94

Chapter 16 Rail Trails 98

Chapter 17 Rooftops 104

Chapter 18 Sharing Schoolyards 110

Chapter 19 Covering Reservoirs 116

Chapter 20 River and Stream Corridors 120

Chapter 21 Cemeteries 125

Chapter 22 Boulevards and Parkways 131

Chapter 23 Decking Highways 136

Chapter 24 Closing Streets and Roads 142

Chapter 25 Removing Parking 147

Chapter 26 Adding Hours Rather than Acres 154

Conclusion 159

Tables

1.1 That's Quite a Spread You've Got! (Acres of Parkland per 1,000 Persons) 15

1.2 Howdy Neighbor! (Persons per Acre of Parkland) 18

1.3 Parks for Daytimers, Too? (Commuters and Population Change) 18

1.4 Parkland for People (Acres per 1,000 People) 19

3.1 A Park Too Far? (Maximum Distance Goals) 28

7.1 How Green Is My City? (Parkland as Percentage of City) 47

11.1 The Cost of Buying Parkland 65

11.2 Developer Exactions 68

12.1 Second Time Around (Redevelopment Authority Parks) 71

14.1 Garbage In, Park Out (Landfill Parks) 91

16.1 Goodbye Train, Hello Trail (Rail Trails) 99

22.1 "Boulevardozing" Highways (Expressway to Park Conversions) 134

23.1 Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Parks Constructed Over Highways) 137

24.1 Do Not Enter (Park Roads Closed to Autos) 144

25.1 Pavement in Paradise (Parking Spaces in Parks) 148

25.2 Living on the Edge (Population Density around Parks) 153

Recommended Reading 161

Appendix 1 Population Density, Largest Cities 165

Appendix 2 Acres of Parkland per 1,000 Persons, Largest Cities 168

Appendix 3 Parkland as a Percent of City Area, Largest Cities 171

Appendix 4 Spending per Resident on Parks and Recreation, Largest Cities 174

Index 177

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