Toward A Sustainable Los Angeles: A Second Year Report to the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation

Global warming, loss of biodiversity and concern about urban sprawl have led to increased advocacy for “smart growth,” “managed growth,” “new urbanism,” and other similar approaches focused on the urban fringe. Rarely are older urban neighborhoods considered appropriate targets for efforts to integrate nature into the urban fabric, but open spaces such as urban parks and forests, street trees and permeable surfaces, provide what ecologists term “natures services”¬† the work natural systems can do to mitigate urban pollution and run off, and offer cost-effective, environmentally sustainable substitutes for conventional urban infrastructure. With the undeniable impacts cities have on the environment, both locally and at a distance, solutions that assist cities themselves to begin to remedy their own effects, seem increasingly important to develop.

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