By Rutherford H. Platt
Four-fifths of american citizens now dwell within the nation’s sprawling metropolitan components, and 1/2 the world’s inhabitants is now categorized as "urban." As towns develop into the dominant residing setting for people, there's becoming obstacle approximately the way to make such areas extra liveable, fitter and secure, extra ecological, and extra equitable—in brief, extra "humane." This booklet explores the customers for a extra humane city via a sequence of essays and case reviews that think of why and the way city areas may be made greener and extra amenable. Its aspect of departure is the legacy of William H. Whyte (1917-1999), one among America’s so much popular city thinkers. From his eyrie excessive above ny within the places of work of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Whyte laid the root for today’s "smart development" and "new urbanist" routine with books resembling The final panorama (1968). His ardour for bettering the habitability of towns and suburbs is mirrored within the different grassroots city layout and regreening ideas mentioned during this quantity. subject matters tested during this e-book contain city and nearby greenspaces, city ecological recovery, social fairness, and eco-friendly layout. the various participants are well-known educational specialists, whereas others provide direct sensible wisdom of specific difficulties and tasks. The editor’s advent and epilogue set the person chapters in a broader context and recommend how the options defined, if extensively replicated, can assist create extra humane city environments. as well as Rutherford H. Platt, members to the amount comprise Carl Anthony, Thomas Balsley, Timothy Beatley, Eugenie L. Birch, Edward J. Blakely, Colin M. Cathcart, Steven E. Clemants, Christopher A. De Sousa, Steven N. Handel, Peter Harnik, Michael C. Houck, Jerold S. Kayden, Albert LaFarge, Andrew mild, Charles E. Little, Anne C. Lusk, Thalya Parilla, Deborah E. Popper, Frank J. Popper, Mary V. Rickel, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Robert L. Ryan, Laurin N. Sievert, Andrew G. Wiley-Schwartz, and Ann Louise robust. released in organization with the Lincoln Institute of Land coverage.
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1968. Design with nature. New York: Garden City Press. Openlands Project. 1998. Losing ground: Land consumption in the Chicago region, 1900–1998. Chicago: Openlands Project. Platt, R. H. 2000. Ecology and land development: Past approaches and new directions. In The practice of sustainable development, ed. D. R. Porter. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute. ———. 2004. Land use and society: Geography, law, and public policy. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: Island Press. Platt, R. , R. A Rowntree, and P.
Photo by R. H. ) three thousand laborers created Central Park, a wave of enthusiasm for urban “pleasure grounds” swept the nation. Thousands of parks were constructed and millions of words were written about their features and attributes. During the height of the city park movement, from about 1890 to 1940, great efforts were made to plan for parkland, to understand the relationship between parks and surrounding neighborhoods, and to measure the effect of parks. Leaders in Boston, Buffalo, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Denver, Baltimore, and elsewhere proudly and competitively labored to convert their cities from drab, polluted industrial cores into beautiful, culturally uplifting centers.
39 This page intentionally left blank PA R T T W O From City Parks to Regional Green Infrastructure This page intentionally left blank As access to “country” beyond metropolitan areas gets ever more distant and frustrating, existing parks and other preserved greenspaces within reach of the four-ﬁfths of Americans who live in metro areas become increasingly vital. Accordingly, Part II addresses one of William Whyte’s favorite topics: city parks and regional greenspaces. , ofﬁce of the Trust for Public Land.