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Prairie Crossing: Creating an American Conservation Community

John Scott Watson

Abstract

Carved out of century-old farmland near Chicago, the Prairie Crossing development is a novel experiment in urban public policy that preserves 69 percent of the land as open space. The for-profit project has set out to do nothing less than use access to nature as a means to challenge America's failed culture of suburban sprawl. The first comprehensive look at an American conservation community, this book examines an effort to connect adults to the land while creating a healthy and humane setting for raising a new generation attuned to nature. The book is placed within the wider context of subur ... More

Keywords: urban public policy, sprawl, nature, suburban planning, green space, civic participation, prairie ecosystem, water quality, Prairie Crossing, conservation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039867
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039867.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Scott Watson, author
University of Illinois Chicago