A philosophy of urban parks

Authored by: Amanda J. Meyer , Charles Taliaferro

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the City

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138928787
eBook ISBN: 9781315681597
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315681597-12

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Abstract

We offer an overview of the conception and use of urban parks from colonial times to the present, acknowledging the origins of parks as hunting grounds for the aristocracy, but then noting their increasingly democratic use. In the end, we defend a philosophical model for parks as sites for free exchange and assembly for all persons regardless of class, economic status, race, and religious identity. Questions for further inquiry are raised about seeing parks as valuable not just for human use.

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