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Urban Sprawl: Issues and Alternatives

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{Nature_and_Environment.12.11}: Marcus {coyote13} Sun, 07 Mar 2004 20:19:51 CST (28 lines)

I wrote a little piece on the 'Ecology of the Urban Fringe'.

The Uk has 'Green Belt' which surrounds all major urban areas, and
small towns and villages for that matter where development is
severely restricted.

The ecology of the urban fringe is v interesting and typical of the
margins between any two habitats. (they used to be called ecotones)

vis they give rise to species and activities not normally found
anywhere within the city limits or in the wider countryside (the two
habitats in question). In the uk this varies from scrap-yards, heavy
transport depots golf courses, riding schools, garden centres and
more recently shopping malls.

To develop policy there should be an understanding of the higher
ecological guides which are there to see. Find the right places for
things and define limits for what seems an unending greed for land
versus 'defenseless' nature. [globally]

The answer lies with the old masters, Ian Mc Harg and Patrick Geddes,
not to mention old man Muir! Great Scots!

Surround your cities with glorious beautiful parkland, too valuable
and amenity to build houses or factories on.

And we had the new town movement(s) but I guess that's what's been
happening in the usa for a few years now.

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