1st Edition

Lasting Value
Open Space Planning and Preservation Successes

ISBN 9781611900033
Published February 24, 2012 by Routledge
232 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Americans are committing 'country-cide', says Rick Pruetz, FAICP, converting farms into suburban yards and channeling streams that once provided flood control, water purification, habitats, and recreational opportunities. But rather than rail against overdevelopment, this book celebrates communities succeeding in preservation.

For ten years Pruetz explored communities that excel in saving their natural environment. In twenty-four illustrated vignettes, he captures the character of places from the volcanic range near downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Minneapolis’s Grand Rounds park system, to farmland improbably preserved on Long Island.

As the longtime city planner of Burbank, California, Pruetz offers more than an appreciation of these communities. He brings a planner’s-eye view of the practices behind their achievements. His detailed reports of creative preservation solutions mark the trail for planners, commissioners, and citizens who seek to preserve the green legacy in their own backyards.

Table of Contents

1. Planning Preservation  2. Alameda County, California  3. Albuquerque & Bernalillo County, New Mexico  4. Berks County, Pennsylvania  5. Boulder & Boulder County, Colorado  6. Burlington County, New Jersey  7. Chester County, Pennsylvania  8. Collier County, Florida  9. Contra Costa County, California  10. Dane County, Wisconsin  11. King County, Washington  12. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania  13. Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky  14. Maricopa County, Arizona  15. Marin County, California  16. Minneapolis & the Twin Cities Region, Minnesota  17. Montgomery County, Maryland  18. Palm Beach County, Florida  19. Pima County, Arizona  20. Santa Clara County, California  21. Santa Cruz & Santa Cruz County, California  22. Santa Fe County, New Mexico  23. Sonoma County, California

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Rick Pruetz is a planning consultant specializing in open space preservation strategies and former City Planner of Burbank, California.