Connecting Habitats in Urban Landscapes
A lot of planning goes in to designing a North American City. Area Structure Plans that lay out specific land uses, transportation systems, population goals, provision of essential services and facilities, and considers things like expected population growth, and types and sources of employment often happen decades in advance of development.
In the past, parks have often been an afterthought left to the areas of land considered un-developable. Currently, however, municipalities are becoming aware that if urban parks are going to function as habitat for wildlife, and meaningly contribute to, and support biodiversity, then some careful planning focussed on parks and the interconnectivity between parks is essential.