Contested countryside : the rural urban fringe in North America /
edited by Owen J. Furuseth, Mark B. Lapping.
Aldershot : Ashgate, c1999.
xi, 291 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
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Aldershot : Ashgate, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Long Description
All across North America the rural urban fringe has emerged as the quintessential land use battleground. The fringe is the Contested countryside wherein different interests confront one another over the future of the landscape. Whether the fringe will remain largely devoted to agriculture and dispersed small towns, the new 'edge cities' of the globalizing economy, the sprawl so typical of North American suburban life/urban fringe the Northern American landscape will find its definition in the century ahead. This collection of original essays by planners, geographers, economists, sociologists and activists provides a rich overview as well as in-depth case studies of the issues and places in contest on the fringe. 'Contested Countryside' demonstrates the degree to which forces large and small, choices and policies, will shape the future of the North American community and landscapes.
Unpaid Annotation
North American farmland continues to be lost to nonfarm use (40 million acres and counting since 1970). This trend at the rural/urban fringe is the fulcrum of the debate over the desired shape of the landscape into 2YK. A dozen original papers discuss features of the agricultural land preservation strategies adopted by every state and provincial government in the US and Canada, per four major themes: the spatial structure/organizational form of the "contested countryside", land conversion protection policies, local rural-urban relationships given often divergent values, and non-governmental organizations as the most rapidly expanding area of environmental action.
Table of Contents
Figures and tablesp. vii
List of contributorsp. x
Introduction and overviewp. 1
Unsettled views about the fringe: rural-urban or urban-rural frontiers?p. 7
Contesting the countryside and changing social composition in the greater Toronto areap. 33
Agricultural land preservation in North America: a review and survey of expert opinionp. 57
Purchase of development rights program, the Northeast experiencep. 93
Innovative approaches to farmland preservationp. 113
The exurban battlegroundp. 137
Disentangling policy, governance, and local contention over change in Vancouver's rural urban fringep. 151
Planning for environmental responsibility and equity: a critical appraisal of rural/urban relations in the New York City watershedp. 179
Is urban agriculture sustainable in Hartford, Connecticut?p. 207
Anyone home? Building conservationists into the agrarian countrysidep. 231
Preserving open space on the rural urban fringe: The role of land trustsp. 263
Indexp. 289
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