Urban Livability Links

These are links to some of the pages on the web that attempt to address the subjects of "urban livability" or "quality of life".

A similar gateway page on Farmlands and Rural Preservation can be found here,

A Line in the Land: Urban-growth Boundaries, Smart Growth, and Housing Affordability

America's Most Livable Communities

Auto-Free Livable Cities Guide

Geographic Information Systems: A Tool for Improving Community Livability

This link was broken last time we checked. The home page is at:

Local Government Commission

Great Cities

International Making Cities Livable

Livable City: Quality of Life for All of Austin

Melbourne 'world's top city'

New Urbanism: Creating Livable Sustainable Communities

Community Livability: Helping to Create Attractive, Safe, Cohesive Communities

Quality of Life in New Zealand's Large Urban Areas

Oregon Garden: Putting Plants to Work to Solve Environmental Problems

Urban Future's State Planning and Growth Management Database: Washington

Willamette Valley Livability Forum

Place Making: Creating a Sense of Community

These links are also indirectly related to the subject of livability and quality of life.  The focus on Smart Growth and Washington's Growth Management Act.  The last link is Renton's business plan

Washington's Growth Management Act: Goals and Promises by Washington Research Council - web site

Urban Growth Boundaries and Housing Affordability: Lessons from Portland

Renton's Business Plan: 2005-2010

These are links to downloadable documents contained on this site

Urban forests

This link focuses on using plants in water treatment

Oregon Garden

Take a look at the photo on this website's home page.  This is a constructed wetland that accepts roughly 300,000 gal/day of treated wastewater from the City of Silverton. This water flows by gravity thru a series of terraced ponds, irrigates the ornamental collections of the Garden, and finally re-enters the watershed at Brush Creek near Cascade Hwy. In the upper wetlands complex, the wastewater does not mix with groundwater. In the lower complex, the wastewater is pulled down through the soil in the ponds and mixes with groundwater in a sub-drain system before it enters Brush Creek. Much of our irrigation water may ultimately end up in this lower complex of wetlands as well. 14 different locations are monitored  through-out this system for the following parameters: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, nitrate, and total phosphorous, on a monthly interval. The information serves as both an indication of how well the system may be working to clean the water, and also as baseline data for future research manipulation of the system.

SPROut Program

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