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The Green LeapA Primer for Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development$
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Mark Hostetler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271104

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271104.001.0001

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Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas

Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas

(p.110) Chapter 6 Trails, Sidewalks, and Common Areas
The Green Leap

Mark E. Hostetler

University of California Press

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

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