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  • April 5, 2017

    Response and Recovery After the Deadliest United States Tornado in a Century
    Traci Sooter, Springfield

    On Sunday, 22 May 2011, a multiple-vortex tornado touched down shortly after 5:00pm and began to rip a path nearly a mile wide across Joplin, Missouri, through the town of Duquesne, and into the rural areas of Jasper County. The...

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    April 2, 2017

    Extinction Debt: Is Urban Nature Conservation in Peril?
    Marié du Toit, Potchefstroom
    Sarel Cilliers, Potchefstroom

    We tend to think that what we see is what we get, and also what we’ll get in the future. Nature will always be there—it can just grow back. But it depends on what we want to grow back. In...

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    March 15, 2017

    The Barrancas of Cuernavaca: Rescuing Lost Landscapes Hidden by Garbage
    Janice Astbury, London

    The first five people we spoke to in the San Anton neighborhood of the Mexican city of Cuernavaca didn’t know the location of the Salto Chico (small waterfall). The neighborhood’s larger waterfall, referred to as the Salto Grande or Salto...

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    March 8, 2017

    Exploring the Park Edge from a Worm’s Eye View
    Lindsay Campbell, New York City
    Novem Auyeung, New York City
    Michelle Johnson, New York City
    Erika Svendsen, New York City

    In the science of natural resource management and planning, we often think about land from a “bird’s-eye” view: parcels on a map that delineate parks, residential properties, and the city streets—for example. Understanding these sites from a “worm’s-eye” view presents...

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    January 5, 2017

    How a Little Endangered Fox Found Sanctuary in a California Oil Town
    Madhusudan Katti, Raleigh

    If I were to ask you where I could find a healthy population of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox, you might be forgiven for not immediately saying, “Why, Bakersfield, of course!” Bakersfield? The Oil Capital of California? Yes, the very...

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    January 2, 2017

    Civic Ecology: A Book that Inspires and Guides Teaching
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town

    A review of Civic Ecology, Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up, by Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball. 2015. ISBN: 9780262028653. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 328 pages. Buy the book. Krasny and Tidball’s Civic Ecology is a book that...

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    December 28, 2016

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2016
    David Maddox, New York City

    Today’s post celebrates highlights from TNOC writing in 2016. These contributions, originating around the world, were widely read, offer novel points of view, are somehow disruptive in a useful way, or combine these characteristics. Certainly, all 550+ TNOC essays and roundtables are...

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    December 12, 2016

    Full Function May Remain Out of Reach, But Urban Stream Restoration Can Empower Communities
    Marit Larson, New York City

    A review of Restoring Neighborhood Streams: Planning, Design, and Construction. By Ann L. Riley. 2016.  Island Press, Washington, D.C. ISBN: 9781610917391. 288 pages. Buy the book. The basic challenge of restoring urban streams that support diverse environmental, social, and ecological functions is that...

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    July 12, 2016

    The Forgotten Rurality: The Case for Participatory Management in Bogotá and its Surrounding Countryside
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota

    En español aquí. We often think of the city and the country as separate, and that development planning and urban sustainability ends at the city boundary. But this isn’t true—in a planning and sustainability sense, the city and the surrounding rural...

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    July 3, 2016

    Accessing Urban Environmental Education Opportunities Via Green Infrastructure
    Laura Cole, Columbia, MO
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro
    Alex Russ, Ithaca

    The term “sustainable city” evokes images of green roofs, energy-efficient buildings, bioswales, bike lanes, urban forests, and other types of green infrastructure. These urban features clearly have value for ecosystem and human health, but they also have great educational potential....

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    June 23, 2016

    Anatomy of a Mural: A Seventy Foot Heron Transforms a Lifeless Wall
    Mike Houck, Portland

    Recently, The Nature of Cities launched Up Against the Wall: A Gallery of Nature-Themed Graffiti and Street Art, soliciting graffiti and murals celebrating nature in the city. I submitted images of what I believe to be the largest hand-painted wall...

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    May 31, 2016

    Creating the Pioneer St Corridor: How the Tree Made Me See my Neighbors Differently
    Lindsay Campbell, New York City

    The tree made me see my neighbors differently. Since spring 2014, I have been making humble attempts to care for the street tree in front of my apartment building—described here. In becoming a steward, I began to perceive neighbors and...

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    May 23, 2016

    Poetry Produces the Novel Language of Future Cities
    Laura Booth, San Francisco

    A review of Urban Nature: Poems About Wildlife in the City. 2000. Edited by Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis. ISBN: 1571314105. 265 pages. Buy the book. How can poems advance our understanding of nature in cities? If cities themselves are...

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    May 19, 2016

    Parks as Magnets that Shape Sustainable Cities
    Amy Hahs, Ballarat, Australia

    The other day, I took my two children to the park. We clambered over rocks and logs, slid down slides, and rolled down a large grassy hill. At one stage, I stood at the top of the hill, the city...

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    May 10, 2016

    Practicing Community Environmental Education in Urban Settings
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    Mutizwa Mukute, Grahamstown
    Olivia Aguilar, Granville
    Mapula Priscilla Masilela, Grahamstown
    Lausanne Olvitt, Grahamstown

    Community environmental education prioritizes community wellness, and uses learning in and about the environment as a means towards community wellness and healing. It draws from place-based, youth and community development, participatory, and resilience approaches in environmental education. Recognizing that community...

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    May 5, 2016

    School Partnerships are Key to Vibrant and Sustainable Cities
    Polly Knowlton Cockett, Calgary
    Janet Dyment, Hobart
    Mariona Espinet, Barcelona
    Yu Huang, Beijing

    Urban schools—any public, private, or charter schools delivering formal primary or secondary education—are key institutions in the shaping of vibrant and sustainable cities. Imagining such cities depends on the assumptions and ideologies of those involved in the transformation of urban...

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    April 12, 2016

    Capturing Stewardship Stories: The Unlikely Tale of a Massive Open Online Course
    Kimberly Snyder, Ithaca
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca

    From a centuries-old pear tree marking the remnants of a castle in the Czech Republic, to an urban perimeter of abandoned ammunitions dumps in Spain, to a tiny balcony in cramped New Delhi—places that people care about dot the globe....

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    March 24, 2016

    How Perspectives of Field Arborists and Tree Climbers are Useful for Understanding and Managing Urban Forests
    Adrina Bardekjian, Montreal and Toronto

    When there is a storm, trees can cause damage to homes, cars, and people—ultimately, the tree itself is a casualty of a storm. At these moments, generally, the public perceives arborists as the heroes of storms—arborists remove the “problem” from...

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    November 5, 2015

    Opportunities and Challenges in Working with Volunteers in Local Parks
    Lynn Wilson, Vancouver

    The urge to contribute one’s time, without compensation, to benefit a closely held cause or purpose appears to be a deeply rooted human need because volunteerism is found everywhere, in various forms and for every conceivable reason. For instance, every...

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    October 14, 2015

    Dealing with Complex Urban Systems and Uncertainty: Insights from Northeast Thailand
    Richard Friend, York
    Pakamas Thinphanga, Bangkok

    It is now coming to the end of the rainy season—the point in the year at which the reservoirs across Thailand should be approaching maximum storage levels in order to provide the water resources that are needed for the full...

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