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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 begun 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 protect and connect open spaces. MetroGreen answers their call 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 it implementation.

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Open spaces for environmental integrity, human health, and community cohesion are now recognized as an important ecological and social concept, and are increasingly being planned for by metropolitan agencies. A consultant who wrote this book while at the U. of Michigan (in landscape architecture) draws lessons about urban conservation from her case studies of ten North American cities' open-space experience; cities include Denver, Portland (Oregon), British Columbia, and Toronto. Erickson presents current thinking, practices and political and social issues relating to ecology, transportation, recreation, community, and infrastructure. B&w photos and greenbelt maps complement the analysis.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Open spaces for environmental integrity, human health, and community cohesion are now recognized as an important ecological and social concept, and are increasingly being planned for by metropolitan agencies. A consultant who wrote this book while at the U. of Michigan (in landscape architecture) draws lessons about urban conservation from her case studies of ten North American cities' open-space experience; cities include Denver, Portland (Oregon), British Columbia, and Toronto. Erickson presents current thinking, practices and political and social issues relating to ecology, transportation, recreation, community, and infrastructure. B&w photos and greenbelt maps complement the analysis. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Land-use and urban planning professionals, along with landscape architects and environmental advocates, have joined efforts to protect and connect open spaces. MetroGreen answers their need for 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--Donna Erickson looks closely at the motivations and objectives for connecting open spaces across metropolitan areas.

About the Author

Donna Erickson researched and wrote MetroGreen during her tenure as associate professor of landscape architecture in the School of Natural Resources and environment and associate professor of urban and regional planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She has published extensively in design, planning, and conservation journals and books, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. She is now a consultant on open-space conservation in the Rocky Mountain West and is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface and 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559638913
Author:
Erickson, Donna
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Erickson, Donna
Author:
Erickson, Donna L.
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Metropolitan areas
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Human ecology -- North America.
Subject:
Open spaces - North America
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies City Specific
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Tables, figures, photos
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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