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Lasting Value

Open Space Planning and Preservation Successes

By Rick Pruetz

Are Americans committing "country-cide"? Learn how some communities are preserving their green legacy.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2012

Format: Paperback, 232 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-611900-03-3

Quick order code: A00033

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Every year, development claims more than a million acres of rural land. As open areas shrink, the water supply drops, wildfire risks rise, local food production falls, and infrastructure costs increase. Are these the inevitable side effects of progress? Some communities don't think so. This book is about them.

In 24 illustrated vignettes, Rick Pruetz, FAICP, explores settings from farmland on Long Island to Minneapolis's Grand Rounds park system to the volcanic range near downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. With a planner's eye, he brings the achievements of these communities into focus. Lasting Value will inspire planners, commissioners, and citizens who want to preserve the green legacy in their own backyards.

Click here to read an excerpt from Lasting Value.

About the Author

Rick Pruetz, FAICPRick Pruetz, FAICP, is a planning consultant in open space preservation strategies. He received his master's of urban planning degree in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served as the city planner of Burbank, California, for more than 14 years before starting a consulting practice in 1999. Pruetz has written four books and coauthored two others on open space preservation planning.

In the News

Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties celebrated for open land preservation
The Argus, February 15, 2012

Yeah, we nurture nature
Curbed Seattle, February 2, 2012

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