Publisher description for Metrogreen : connecting open space in North American cities / Donna L. Erickson.

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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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Open spaces -- North America.
City planning -- North America.
Regional planning -- North America.
Metropolitan areas -- North America -- Case studies.
Human ecology -- North America.