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The Future of Sustainable CitiesCritical Reflections$
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John Flint and Mike Raco

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426673.001.0001

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Urban ecological accounting: a new calculus for planning urban parks in the era of sustainability

Urban ecological accounting: a new calculus for planning urban parks in the era of sustainability

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(p.179) nine Urban ecological accounting: a new calculus for planning urban parks in the era of sustainability
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The Future of Sustainable Cities
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Sarah Dooling

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426673.003.0009

The intersections of urban parks and homelessness are some of the most intractable challenges facing cities today. This chapter examines these intersections. While it is clear that homelessness and parks are intimately connected, they are maintained as non-overlapping and unrelated phenomena in planning for sustainable cities. The disconnection results in a persistently fragmented, non-ecological approach to a fundamentally ecological system. If sustainability is to be a meaningful guiding heuristic that influences the future growth of cities, then recognising the deeply dialectical relationships among, for example, public parks and homelessness, is the first step towards creating cities which take seriously designing and maintaining spaces of health, vitality and prosperity.

Keywords:   park planning, social equity, sustainability, urban ecology, vulnerability

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