Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas

Mark E. Hostetler

in The Green Leap

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271104
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951877 | DOI:
Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas

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This chapter discusses the importance of creating and maintaining a walkable neighborhood with common areas for people to gather. Strategies are listed for how residents can maintain and use private trails and common areas so that they do not negatively impact biodiversity. For developers, strategies are discussed for building a trail, sidewalk, and shared open space system that promotes community interaction but has minimal impacts on biodiversity. For policy makers, incentive-based and regulatory policies that encourage walkable communities are discussed.

Keywords: urban biodiversity; conservation; conservation subdivision; native plants; policy makers; developers; sustainability; landscape architecture; walkable communities; land stewardship

Chapter.  2062 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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