Noticing that the Landscape Institute (LI) has produced a draft policy statement on Green Infrastructure which does not contain the word Greenway, I did Google searches on the two terms. The results were:
- “Greenway”: 5,470,000 returns (on 24 Jan 2009)
- “Green Infrastructure”: 244,000 returns (on 24 Jan 2009)
This inclines me to the view that, at present, the Greenway Concept has more public visibility. There are three problems with the Green Infrastructure Concept: (1) the literature is thin (2) it is unclear whether “green” means “vegetated” or whether it is used as in “green politics” (3) the term “infrastructure” is much better understood by the built environment professions than by the general public. London has many greenways. Some are excellent and others in urgent need of better landscape planning and design.