MetroGreen: connecting open space in North American cities

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Island Press, Oct 31, 2006 - Architecture - 333 pages
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 taken 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 preserve natural areas. MetroGreenanswers their call for a deeper 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'sunique 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 its implementation.

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Toronto and Chicago
Lessons for Realizing Connected

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Born in 1949, Donna Erickson earned a Master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota. Her expertise in the field has served her well. She is recognized nationally for her writing focused on creative activities and games for children and families. Her book Prime Time Together with Kids, published in 1989, won the prestigious Parent's Choice Gold Award. The follow-up book, More Prime Time Activities with Kids published in 1992 won the Midwest Booksellers Silver Angel Award and Award of Merit for best "how-to" book. Erickson has hosted her own show on public television, Donna's Day, and serves as the producer for national Children's Radio Ahhs. She is a syndicated columnist for King Features and her column Prime Time Together with Kids appears weekly in more than fifty newspapers. She is a contributing editor to Parent's Magazine, where she writes her Do It Together page. The mother of three children, Erickson lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.