Local public finance and economics: An international perspective

Local public finance and economics: An international perspective

/ Kitchen, Harry Milton; McMillan, Melville L.; & Shah, Anwar. — Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

1 online resource (xvi, 517 pages) : illustrations, PDF.

The book explores the principles and practices for local government finance and expenditures around the world. It covers funding the delivery of local core and social services, own-source revenues, local taxation, property taxation, local income and sales taxes, environmental taxes, charges and user fees, municipal borrowing and intergovernmental transfers for local governments and metropolitan areas.
The book is the first volume in a two-volume series.

 

Local public, fiscal and financial governance: An international perspective

Local public, fiscal and financial governance: An international perspective

/ Dollery, Brian E.; Kitchen, Harry Milton; McMillan, Melville L.; & Shah, Anwar. — Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

1 online resource (xvii, 324 pages) : illustrations, PDF.

The book explores the theory, policies and practices of fiscal and financial management by local governments, financial accountability at the local level, and municipal reform around the world. It covers local tax administration, real property taxation, municipal budgeting and accounting, fiscal control, infrastructure funding, accountability and corruption at the local level, performance monitoring and evaluation measures, municipal amalgamations and intermunicipal cooperation.
The book is the second volume in a two-volume series.

 

Parks and recreation system planning: A new approach for creating sustainable, resilient communities

Parks and recreation system planning: A new approach for creating sustainable, resilient communities

/ Barth, David L. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2020.

1 online resource (ix, 285 pages) : illustrations, maps, PDF.

The book covers the benefits from parks, public space and recreation facilities for urban resilience; the concept of high-performance public spaces; a comprehensive approach to parks and recreation systems planning that improve economic, social and environmental sustainability and resiliency in contrast to the traditional planning method; developing a project charter, project plan and implementation framework; and the five phases of the new approach to parks and recreation system planning (i.e., conditions assessment, needs assessment, level-of-service alternatives, drafting a long-range vision and the implementation strategy). Examples of innovative parks and recreation planning from U.S. communities are described. Appendices comprise sample worksheets and summary sheets.

 

Sustainable brownfield development: Building a sustainable future on sites of our polluting past

Sustainable brownfield development: Building a sustainable future on sites of our polluting past

/ De Sousa, Christopher A. — New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2021.

xii, 262 pages: illustrations.

Case studies analyze projects in the United States that sustainably redeveloped or repurposed former industrial sites and gas stations (i.e., brownfields) for industrial uses, commercial uses, office buildings, community spaces, gas stations, neighbourhood and main street spaces, mixed-use complete communities, and renewable energy facilities (i.e., brightfields). They cover the history, vision and planning, site characteristics, site remediation, development, funding, impacts and lessons learned. The introductory chapters provide an overview of the brownfield redevelopment process and regulations in the United States, the connection between land restoration and sustainable development and actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to encourage sustainable development through brownfield redevelopment.

 

Urban blue spaces: Planning and design for water, health and well-being

Urban blue spaces: Planning and design for water, health and well-being

/ Bell, Simon; Fleming, Lora E.; Grellier, James; Kuhlmann, Friedrich; Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark J.; & White, Matthew P. (Eds.). — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2022.

1 online resource (xxvii, 478 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps (chiefly colour), PDF.

The book covers the roles and benefits of blue spaces for public health and urban ecology, co-design of blue spaces and blue infrastructure, evaluation tools to obtain information on a site and assess landscape planning interventions for blue infrastructure, and tools and best practices for the design of urban blue spaces. It focuses on the findings of case studies from the BlueHealth project, which explored the use of blue infrastructure in European cities to improve human health and well-being from 2016 to 2020 as well as examples from around the world, including Toronto and Winnipeg.


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