Americans are committing 'country-cide', says Rick Pruetz, FAICP, converting farms into suburban yards and channeling streams that once provided flood control, water purification, habitats, and recreational opportunities. But rather than rail against overdevelopment, this book celebrates communities succeeding in preservation.

For ten years Pruetz explored communities that excel in saving their natural environment. In twenty-four illustrated vignettes, he captures the character of places from the volcanic range near downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Minneapolis’s Grand Rounds park system, to farmland improbably preserved on Long Island.

As the longtime city planner of Burbank, California, Pruetz offers more than an appreciation of these communities. He brings a planner’s-eye view of the practices behind their achievements. His detailed reports of creative preservation solutions mark the trail for planners, commissioners, and citizens who seek to preserve the green legacy in their own backyards.

chapter 1|13 pages

Introduction: Planning Preservation

chapter 2|6 pages

Alameda County, California

chapter 4|8 pages

Berks County, Pennsylvania

chapter 5|6 pages

Boulder and Boulder County, Colorado

chapter 6|6 pages

Burlington County, New Jersey

chapter 7|7 pages

Chester County, Pennsylvania

chapter 8|8 pages

Collier County, Florida

chapter 9|6 pages

Contra Costa County, California

chapter 10|7 pages

Dane County, Wisconsin

chapter 11|6 pages

King County, Washington

chapter 12|7 pages

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

chapter 13|8 pages

Lexington–Fayette County, Kentucky

chapter 14|6 pages

Maricopa County, Arizona

chapter 15|8 pages

Marin County, California

chapter 17|7 pages

Montgomery County, Maryland

chapter 18|7 pages

Palm Beach County, Florida

chapter 19|9 pages

Pima County, Arizona

chapter 20|6 pages

Santa Clara County, California

chapter 22|7 pages

Santa Fe County, New Mexico

chapter 23|6 pages

Sonoma County, California

chapter 24|8 pages

Suffolk County, New York

chapter 25|6 pages

Travis County and Austin, Texas