With the rise of designer habitats and citizen scientists, ecologists and the general public will play a broader role in evaluating and managing urban parks and green spaces in America. This revised decision making process would benefit from the inclusion of concepts from environmental ethics like ecological citizenship, as well as a re-evaluation of traditional conservation priorities. A reduced emphasis on large protected areas, native biodiversity, static park designs, and hard boundaries between nature and the city would allow for a new generation of ethical urban environments, which can provide a wider array of current benefits while remaining adaptable to the needs and values of future generations.
Ackley, Jeffrey W.
"Bringing Nature to Humans: How to Evaluate the Next Generation of Urban Parks and Green Spaces,"
Cities and the Environment (CATE):
1, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol7/iss1/9