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  • April 19, 2017

    Watts Neighbors Build a Much-Needed Park in Los Angeles
    Tori Kjer, Los Angeles

    Within a 10-minute walk from just about any home in Watts, Los Angeles, you’ll find freeways, liquor stores, train tracks, and paved or weedy vacant lots. You’ll also find houses—lots of them, in this dense community of bright concrete streets...

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    February 7, 2016

    Carbon Capture Gardens: A Nature-Based Solution for Managing Urban Brownfield Soils for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
    Mark Goddard, Newcastle

    I may have (just) missed the 2015 International Year of Soils, so please forgive me for jumping on the soils bandwagon somewhat belatedly. Before I go further, a disclaimer—I am no expert on soils, having only relatively recently begun working...

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    January 7, 2015

    Small Civic-Led Indigenous Planting Schemes: Simply Feel Good Stuff or a Real Ecological Contribution?
    Georgina Avlonitis, Cape Town
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town

    “Because then it becomes a beautiful self-driven machine. Nature driving people driving nature. Where the word is spread and the pride is shared and spread and it spills over (in the community). Everyone wants to feel proud of something that...

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    January 3, 2015

    Micro_Urban: The Ecological and Social Potential of Small-Scale Urban Spaces
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Victoria Marshall, Singapore

    Small-scale urban spaces can be rich in biodiversity, contribute important ecological benefits for human mental and physical health (McPhearson et al., 2013), and overall help to create more livable cities. Micro_urban spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs,...

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    July 28, 2014

    TNOC Encore: Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits
    Timon McPhearson, New York

    (This encore publication originally appeared at TNOC on 21 August 2012.) Walk through any major city and you’ll see vacant land. These are the weed lots, garbage strewn undeveloped spaces, and high crime areas that most urban residents consider blights on...

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    March 3, 2013

    Temporary Nature’s Potential for Resilience and Liveability
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch

    In my last blog I introduced to you the earthquakes that devastated Christchurch city beginning back in September 2010. I had been wondering about what I might share with you in my next blog and when I was driving thru...

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    December 30, 2012

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2012
    David Maddox, New York City

    Cities are ecological spaces.  But only relatively recently has this new vision of ecologically sophisticated cities gained momentum.  Today, in increasing numbers, scientists, designers, and practitioners create useful knowledge about the nature of cities through study and research that can...

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    August 21, 2012

    Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits
    Timon McPhearson, New York

    Walk through any major city and you’ll see vacant land. These are the weed lots, garbage strewn undeveloped spaces, and high crime areas that most urban residents consider blights on the neighborhood. In some cases, neighbors have organized to transform...

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