Special Issue "Greenways as a Sustainable Urban Planning Strategy"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paul Draus
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The University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn MI 48128, MI, USA
Interests: post-industrial cities; green infrastructure; restorative justice; substance use/abuse and incarceration; urban neighborhoods
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Haase
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Dr. Annegret Haase
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Department of Environmental and Urban Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Interests: sustainable urban development; urban transformations; urban shrinkage and regrowth; socio-spatial and socio-environmental processes in cities; inequality and justice challenges
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Dr. Salman Qureshi
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Institute of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Interests: urbanization and socio-ecological complexities; ecosystem services and spatial analysis; political ecology and nature-based solutions; environmental cognition and landscape perception; social wellbeing and urban sustainability
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Prof. Dr. Jacob Napieralski
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Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn 48128, MI, USA
Interests: urban stream management; urban blue space and hydroscape; water consumption and conservation; urban environment resiliency; Resource allocation and accessibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions to a Special Issue of Sustainability focused on “Greenways as a Sustainable Urban Planning Strategy”. Greenways may be defined as linear parks that also serve as pedestrian and bicycle corridors, connecting diverse urban environments. We are interested the potential of such greenways to address issues of environmental sustainability and ecological resilience as well as questions of social equity and the “right to the city”.  Scholars have raised serious questions about high-profile greenways projects in the United States, such as New York city’s High Line, Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail, and the Atlanta Beltline on local real estate markets, seeing them as a form of neoliberal redevelopment that drives gentrification and displacement while projecting an appealing green aura. On the other hand, some European greenway projects, such as the Green Belt Berlin, may be seen as honoring histories of trauma while preserving unique urban ecologies and providing access to nature within dense urban areas undergoing redevelopment pressure. Greenway projects are now established or underway in many other cities, but there remains much to learn about their social dynamics, implications for mobility and health, and long-term environmental and economic impacts, not only in Europe and America but in Asia and the Global South.

Dr. Paul Draus
Prof. Dr. Dagmar Haase
Dr. Annegret Haase
Dr. Salman Qureshi
Prof. Dr. Jacob Napieralski
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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