The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Design: from EIA to EID
Chapter: Chapter 4 Public open space POS

Pointless greenways

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Stupid, empty, vacant, badly planned 'traitor' greenways

Planners need to shake themselves free of the idea that a strip of green joining two points on a map is, of necessity, a good thing. Too often, they become bland strips of grass, which one can walk along, but which, because they do not lead from an origin to a destination, and do not have any other significant attractions, are not 'greenways'. They are pointless.They are not pleasant and they are not routes. They betray the greenway concept. Business parks and housing projects are full of 'greenways' which do little and go nowhere, costing much.