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Active in urban planning and development, educator Alexander Garvin reviews the importance of public parks to all citizens. Introducing the subject with a history of the development of park systems, he notes that the impetus for their creation was the need to create a hospitable city environment. He proceeds to discuss their emerging design features that would eventually serve as a framework to advance city planning on a larger scale. Using major city park systems in his broad ranging discussion, he traces their influences on society. Amply illustrated with relevant photographs, the text concludes with his remarks on the subject of stewardship of these critical components of city landscapes.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden