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Nearby nature in the city: Preserving and enhancing livability

01/2007;
Source: OAI

ABSTRACT Cities are often described as vibrant and exciting, fast paced and bustling. Yet cities also have tranquil places. Where might such places be? Perhaps beneath the canopy of a large tree, a vest pocket park, a colorful garden, or along a riverside trail. More than likely, such respites are nature places. They are unlikely to be nature on a grand scale; to some they may not even qualify as “nature.” Far from being untouched by humans, urban nature is at the mercy of people.

But at the same time, people are at the mercy of such nature. Nature plays a vital role in their lives – as indicated by volumes of poetry and by what is by now a substantial body of research. People are often passionate even about small bits of nature they find nearby. They nurture it, defend it, and mourn its loss.This document grew out of concern for such loss. Rather than mourn that nature is losing ground to infill, why not plan for having nature nearby while also planning for increasing urban density?

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