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Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities - Jim Howe

Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities

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Published: 1st June 1997
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Increasing numbers of Americans are fleeing cities and suburbs for the small towns and open spaces that surround national and state parks, wildlife refuges, historic sites, and other public lands. With their scenic beauty and high quality of life, these "gateway communities" have become a magnet for those looking to escape the congestion and fast tempo of contemporary American society.Yet without savvy planning, gateway communities could easily meet the same fate as the suburban communities that were the promised land of an earlier generation. This volume can help prevent that from happening.The authors offer practical and proven lessons on how residents of gateway communities can protect their community's identity while stimulating a healthy economy and safeguarding nearby natural and historic resources. They describe economic development strategies, land-use planning processes, and conservation tools that communities from all over the country have found effective. Each strategy or process is explained with specific examples, and numerous profiles and case studies clearly demonstrate how different communities have coped with the challenges of growth and development. Among the cities profiled are Boulder, Colorado; Townsend and Pittman Center Tennessee; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Tyrrell County, North Carolina; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Sanibel Island, Florida; Calvert County, Maryland; Tuscon, Arizona; and Mount Desert Island, Maine.Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities provides important lessons in how to preserve the character and integrity of communities and landscapes without sacrificing local economic well-being. It is an important resource for planners, developers, local officials, and concerned citizens working to retain the high quality of life and natural beauty of these cities and towns.

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Economic Value of Quality of Lifep. 9
The Changing Global Economyp. 14
How Can Gateway Communities Enhance Quality of Life?p. 15
Tourism: Bane or Boon?p. 23
Weighing Tourism as an Optionp. 26
The Economic Impact of Wildlife Habitatp. 30
The Economic Impact of Historic Preservationp. 31
The Economic Benefits of Protecting Battlefieldsp. 39
The Economic Benefits of Greenwaysp. 43
The Secrets of Successful Communitiesp. 47
Develop a Widely Shared Visionp. 48
Create an Inventory of Local Resourcesp. 57
Build on Local Assetsp. 64
Minimize the Need for Regulationsp. 71
Conservation Easementsp. 79
Meet the Needs of Both Landowner and Communityp. 83
Team Up with Public Land Managersp. 92
Tips for Park and Refuge Managersp. 96
Recognize the Role of Nongovernmental Organizationsp. 109
Provide Opportunities for Leaders to Step Forwardp. 118
Pay Attention to Aestheticsp. 125
Conclusionp. 141
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 147
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9781559635455
ISBN-10: 1559635452
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st June 1997
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2