Smart Growth Strategies for Preserving Open Spaces and Creating Green Places

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- A central principal of smart growth, open space preservation can be elusive due to a host of forces. Learn how two successful projects demonstrate lessons learned to create and preserve urban parks. Discuss vision, navigating the political climate, cross-government collaboration, and long-term stewardship, and learn to manage public participation, tap local knowledge, and generate grassroots support.


The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston comprises 11 acres of new parkland. Design for The Wharf District Park, heart of this greenway, is the result of 150 public meetings held in a year to generate design consensus.
The nascent Emerald Necklace in Southern California is a project to connect 1,500 acres of parks with 17 miles of trails in urban Los Angeles County. In four years, proponents have raised $13 million, unified neighboring municipalities, and involved thousands of residents.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Nathan Springer, Co-Founder, Amigos de los Rios; Member, Emerald Necklace Coalition
* Belinda Faustinos, Executive Director, Lower Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
* Norma Garcia, Staff to Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina
* Barbara Faga, Executive Vice President, EDAW, Inc.
* Lynn Wolff, President and Principal, Copley Wolff Design Group
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
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