Urban Green Space, Public Health, and Environmental Justice: The Challenge of Making Cities ‘Just Green Enough’
Landscape and Urban Planning, 125: 234-244, 2014
By: , Jennifer Wolch
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This article focuses on existing strategies aimed to increase green space in park-poor neighborhoods, which can lead to gentrification. While it highlights the importance of urban green spaces, it also suggests using interventions that are “just green enough” in order to increase green spaces without causing displacement in communities of color or low-income neighborhoods. These strategies can be implemented to protect a communities ecological and social sustainability.
This article explores the complicated connections between urban green space, public health, and gentrification. It discusses this issue in the different political and economic contexts of the United States and China. It concludes by urging planners to balance the ecological sustainability of a community with its social sustainability – by making cities “just green enough”.
This article outlines the benefits of increasing green space access and the parallel consequences of environmental gentrification and displacement. It looks at these trends in the context of U.S. and Chinese cities and urges planners to work closely with communities to develop spaces that are “just green enough” to avoid displacement.