[MCN] 2 approaches to urban parks: Which is best for people??

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Tue Sep 8 11:10:53 EDT 2015

"Researchers have long debated whether it is better to build compact 
developments with large parks or nature reserves, as often found in 
Europe and Japan, or whether it is preferable to build sprawling 
suburbs with many small parks and gardens, as found in many North 
American and Australian cities. Iain Stott and colleagues at the 
University of Exeter, Penryn, UK and Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 
Japan analyzed nine case studies of cities worldwide, concluding that 
cities should feature compact development alongside large, contiguous 
green spaces to maximize benefits of urban ecosystems to humans. They 
report their results in the September 2015 issue of ESA Frontiers."

Land sparing is crucial for urban ecosystem services. (2015) Iain 
Stott, Masashi Soga, Richard Inger, and Kevin J Gaston. Frontiers in 
Ecology and the Environment 2015 13(7): 387-393. 

Read the full press release from the University of Exeter:

Behind complexity, there is always simplicity to be revealed. Inside 
simplicity, there is always complexity to be discovered."
-Gang Yu

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