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